The pastor noticed a middle-aged man kneeling near the altar following his first Sunday
at a new church. People coming through the welcoming line told him that he should
speak with Ray who obviously was broken up about something.
After everyone had left, the pastor asked if there was anything he could do to help. Ray
stated that he knew that God did not love him. He then shared the burden he had carried
his entire life: how his mother was not married when he was born nearly fifty years ago;
how the children at school called him names; and how he always felt that he did not
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.