One day Nicole was paging through a photo album of vacation pictures. Last summer when they were at the beach her son, Sean, found a piece of driftwood and marked a big “X” in the wet sand near the water. On the next picture Sean had written on the beach, “Treasure here.” Nicole recalls how Sean was interested in pirates and buried treasure. The entire family had a delightful week at the beach. As Nicole sat remembering their special time she thought of another treasure. This past spring Nicole enrolled in an in-depth Bible study at her church.
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.