Labor Day 2000 marked the fortieth anniversary of Betty Haughin's column, "Chit Chat." The column is published in the local newspaper that is delivered to the homes in eight small communities northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Betty has only two rules for her column. The news, except for deaths, must always be good and the names must be spelled in all capitals on their first reference. Betty realizes that, "Happiness is born a twin and so is sorrow. We're not meant to go through either alone." To ease the burden of the latter, she writes a column to remind us of the former.
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.