"I will bless you so that you will be a blessing." Are you blessed with special talents? Do you have a loving family with financial resources? Do you make friends easily? Do you have a talent for comforting others, or making people laugh? Are you a skilled worker? None of these are things that we can ever deserve; they are genuinely gifts given to us by grace. What do you do when given a gracious gift -- a gift more generous than you can ever hope to return? Many of us probably refuse such gifts. We don't want to be indebted to another. Our pride gets in the way.
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.