When I was a kid I thought I knew everything, so I was always complaining when my folks thought they knew better. "Don't play in the street!" they shouted, but it was so much fun. "You just got over your cold so don't go out without your coat!" "Don't complain about your test in school if you want to make anything of yourself someday." Their excuse for all my complaints was "Who brought you into this world? Who gives you something to eat? Who gives you a house to live in and a bed to sleep in?" How much more does God give us! So why don't we quit complaining?
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.