Over the years many people impacted my life for the good. Pastors, whose names you would not recognize, influenced a young child, then a teenager, and later an adult. Sunday school teachers taught me the lessons of God and how to live life to the fullest. Also there were the professors who challenged my thinking and spirit as I wrestled with the complexities of where I was going in the future. Family members prayed for me and encouraged me to reach for the best in life and supported me along the way -- even when I failed.
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.