Pulling off the exit ramp on a highway in Pennsylvania, I saw a sign that caught my
attention. It was part of a collection of blue informational signs that featured no words,
just icons accompanied by directional arrows. For example, here was a little blue sign
with images of a fork and spoon on it, along with an arrow pointing to the left. Then there
was a sign with a little gas pump icon and another arrow pointing to the left. Next there
was a sign with a picture of a tent and an arrow pointing to the right. And then, finally,
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.