One day, the great German artist, Stenberg, was walking through the streets when he saw
a lovely dancing gypsy girl. He wanted to paint her and paid her to sit for him. She was
fascinated with the artist's studio, and asked about a painting of the crucifixion;
commenting that he must have been evil to suffer such a death. "No," the artist said, "he
was a good man, the best that ever lived. In fact he died for all."
"Did he die for you?" the girl asked. Stenberg had not made that decision, but with her
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.