A man living on a small, run-down farm died penniless, or so they thought. When a road
was put in a few years later, it was discovered that he had $200,000 in milk cans, buried
near his house. He had lived an empty life. His money could have been given as gifts to
help others, but he chose not to help himself or anyone else. Instead of riches, or at least a
decent standard of living, he chose to live a barren life of poverty. He could have invested
the cash and the value today would be well over one million dollars. Thousands could
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.