"What you did was wrong, John," Mary sternly reminded him, which she really did not have to do because he could not forget it no matter how hard he tried. Spending the weekend with Wendy when he and Mary were going through a very tough time in their relationship was the dumbest thing he did in his 38 years of life.
"What can I do to make it up to you?" John pleaded.
He truly was sorry, and Mary could see it in his eyes and hear it on his quivering lips. "You can't make it up, John. It's been done and can't be changed."
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.