There's nothing like an injury to serve as a permanent reminder of something. Soldiers who have missing limbs can't very easily put their experiences behind them. Factory workers who have lost fingers or been seriously lacerated by machines will not soon forget that job. Children don't forget the football game that broke their leg, or the bike that they flew from to receive the scar on their chin. Not only do the handicaps of physical injuries provide reminders of the event, but constant questions -- "What happened to your leg?
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.