When you are a child, your parents are invincible. When you go somewhere with Mom or Dad, you know that you will be safe. Whether it's a trip to the grocery store or a family vacation to a strange city, you have perfect faith in your parents. With Mom and Dad there to protect and guide you, nothing bad is going to happen. Even when you grow older, there is still something comforting about being around your parents. Some of that invincible magic is gone -- now you are the grown-up; you know what it is like to be the responsible one, the protector of others.
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.