A man was walking along the river when he spotted another man struggling against the current. The traveler stopped to watch the swimmer fight the muddy water until he emerged, panting, on the traveler's shore. "Are you all right?" the traveler asked. "Why were you in the river? Did you fall in?"
The swimmer shook his head. "No, no," he gasped. "I'm fine. This is how I always cross the river. My neighbor says this is the easiest place to cross."
"That's all very well," said the traveler, "but does your neighbor know there's a bridge just a half mile that way?"
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.