One Sunday, Allen asked if he could share his story during the worship service. He told
how his parents took him and his younger sister to church and Sunday school every week
while growing up. He also told how much he hated to go, which brought a smile to
everyone's face as they could identify. There were times when Allen said he did not want
to go so he faked being sick. He was tired of the same, dull, old thing week after week.
He would argue with his parents, challenging them to give him one good reason why he
should go. At other times, he begged them not to go.
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.