One of my favorite novelists is Jan Karon, author of the Mitford series featuring Father Tim Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest. In her novel In the Company of Others, Father Tim and his wife visit Ireland staying at a bed and breakfast. Bella, the owners' daughter, is filled with bitterness and brokenness in her life. Innkeeper Anna knows that Father Tim's adopted son, Dooley, also came to him with brokenness in his life. Anna questions the priest on how he dealt with the anger that Dooley brought when he first moved in with him.
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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.