The past twelve months have been difficult for Rose. First, she lost her job, due to
downsizing or merger or some other excuse. Then a month before Christmas, unable to
pay her mortgage, she was about to lose her home, as well. Rose recently became a
Christian and began attending worship on a regular basis as well as joining a small group.
It was at the small group where she met Jane. The two women soon became friends.
"Every sermon I hear," Rose confided one day to her friend, "is the message that God will
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.