Most pastors cringe when a couple comes to get married and requests this scripture to be
read in the service. We usually go into our lecture voice and explain how Ruth was
talking to her mother-in-law Naomi in this first chapter. This passage deals with a deep
friendship and commitment of Ruth to Naomi. Maybe there is no better passage to read at
the marriage ceremony than these particular words. A real marriage evolves over time
into a great friendship. Serious commitment to one another is part of any real marriage.
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.