The man on the street asking for money was easy to ignore. He was not attractive. He
was not clean. He was not pushy or obnoxious. He was just there day after day after
People passed him by as if he were invisible. In fact, to most people he was invisible
because to see him would be to acknowledge that he needed help ... help that almost
anyone passing by could have offered.
Dan was new to city life. He grew up in a small town in Iowa. He went to college and got
a good job that had brought him to the city. Dan noticed the man of the street his first day
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.