On Valentine's Day romantics old or young have the opportunity to declare their love. Remember those construction paper envelopes we decorated to hold our cards? Teacher, Mrs. Beauchamp, reminded the class to make sure everyone received a card. Now sixth grade is where hormones begin to stir and strong emotions are exhibited. Marci received a special Valentine that year. It wasn't a little card, but a huge one of a lion roaring "I love you!" Her eyes widened when she saw the signature of the handsomest boy in her class, Bruce Ellison. Her heart did a flip-flop as she read those words.
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.