In a traditional retelling of the story Beauty and the Beast, the Beast asks Beauty the same question every night. "Will you marry me?" Every night, Beauty turns him down. "I cannot marry you, Beast." As first, she says it with revulsion. But as she gets to know the Beast more and more, each day there is a little more regret in her answer. We all know the end of the story -- Beauty agrees and saves the beast from death, and they live happily ever after. The Beast asked, and he received — but not immediately.
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.