One day, Andrea received a call from someone she did not know. The person asked if she
had graduated from a Central High School in 1993. Andrea replied that she had but was
unsure why the caller asked. The caller said that she found a high school ring at the beach
with the initials A.S. engraved on it. Once home she contacted the high school hoping to
find the owner of the ring.
Andrea could hardly believe it -- someone had found her ring after all those years. She
remembered well the week after graduation when a group of friends rented a house at the
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.