It's the Wild West. Tumbleweeds chase each other across the dusty street. The sun slants sideways as evening falls. A stranger comes into town, pistol on his belt, ten-gallon hat pulled low over his eyes. It's the dime-a-dozen Western plot: this new gunslinger rids the town of whatever the latest plague may be, whether it's crooked sheriffs, a gang of robbers, or a mob boss. The people beg him to stay -- maybe offer him money, a position as mayor or sheriff -- but he just tips his hat. He puts his gun back in the holster. He's made his changes.
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.