Malcolm Ellis, an Episcopal priest in St. Paul, Minnesota, tells a story of his daughter,
Michelle, who was five years old. It seems Michelle came up to her father one day and
said, "Here, Daddy, I want you to have this." She placed in his big hands her favorite
Her father objected, as most fathers would: "Thank you so much, Michelle, but this is
She insisted, and he asked why. "Well, Daddy," she said, "I know you're going to die
before me, and I want you to always remember me, and if you keep my necklace -- you
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.