Fairy tales always end the same way: "And they lived happily ever after." But we all know that this doesn't happen in real life. Our happily-ever-afters only last so long. Think back to the time in your life when you were the happiest. Maybe it was the first months of your marriage. Maybe it was that one year in college when you and your roommate were best friends. Maybe it was a trip overseas, or the first job you loved. Those are our happily-ever-afters, and we can't help but look back on them with a smile and a little bit of wistfulness. If only we could go back....
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.