One Sunday, sitting in worship, I prepared for the reading of God's Word which I usually
experience as a "dreary" experience as the reader comes with no emotion, no connection,
no understanding that it is God's Word for us. On this Sunday, it was different. A young
man in college came to read the Word. He opened his Bible and he painted the picture of
the text with a little background. He read it with emotion and connection that God had
spoken to him in the lesson and he was sharing that connection with the people. All
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.