An older couple walked slowly hand in hand along the beach. They looked at the sea, the sky, the far distant hills, and the pier, but mostly they looked at each other. Their eyes spoke more than words as they walked along the water’s edge. The old man slipped his arms around his wife, touched her hair with his lips, and smiled. A young woman who had been watching turned to her friend and said, “It must be wonderful to be in love like that.” Solomon spoke of such love. It is holy and good and alive with laughter and commitment through the years. It is a joy to be in love.
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.