William J. Bausch in his book, Storytelling: Imagination and Faith, has a section titled "Every story is our story," and he goes on to explain: "Is it true?" We neglect to ask if it is true for us. When a child, for example, asks is it true about the Cinderella story he or she may really be asking, "Is it true that the Cinderella in me can become whole, happy, and accepted someday?" When an adult asks if Jesus really rose from the dead, that adult may ultimately be asking about his or her fear of death. Stories are ultimately us.
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.