On my first Sunday as pastor in Myrtle Point, Oregon, Casey and Louise Jones drove
twenty miles past other churches to worship with us for the first time. They joined the
church and served as faithful church members until they moved away years later.
They believed that God had given me to them as pastor. The coincidence of our arriving
the same Sunday in a small-town church was too obvious to ignore. Who else could have
taught an elderly couple Greek and Hebrew?
However, I discovered as the years went by, that God sent them as a gift to me. A smart
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.