Pam was at a turning point in her life. She signed up for an in-depth Bible study at a
friend's church. She had many questions and was hoping such a study would help. She
wanted to discover what God wanted her to do in her life.
It was a struggle every Tuesday to pick up her son from day care, stop at a fast food
restaurant, and be at church by 6 o'clock. Fortunately, there were activities for children
while their parents attended the Bible study. Often Pam would just barely make it on
time. Frequently, she would be out of breath and appreciated the centering moments of
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.