Jessica left her dress in Sacramento. It was a stupid thing to do -- she'd flown all the way out here, all the way to Pittsburgh, for her sister's wedding and she left the stupid dress in Sacramento. There was no way to get it to Pittsburgh in time, even overnight express… if only she'd realized it yesterday morning. Or even the day before. But no, she was too busy helping her mother, calming down her sister, meeting the rest of the wedding party, to even think about it. And so there she was. The day of the wedding.
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.