Novelist Harry Brown shared an Oscar as a screenwriter. His first novel, A Walk in the Sun, came out of his serving as an enlisted man in WWII. In it, one soldier says to another, “There are qualities and grades of fear.” One can hear the voice of experience in those words. Across the Mediterranean from Italy, where A Walk in the Sun was set, Jesus in his time slept in a boat beset by storm. The quality and grade of the disciples’ fear was top of the scale. They knew the lake. They recognized the power of storms. They understood the limitations of their abilities.
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.