People have been stopping to see Mr. Green's Christmas lights for many years. Each year
he seems to outdo himself, adding another string of lights, or spinning lollipops or
colorful bells. In recent years neighbors have been complaining about the extra traffic and
litter left on their street.
A newspaper reporter was writing a story about Mr. Green's annual Christmas display.
Among the reporter's questions was why he continues to put up his display each year
when he knows some of his neighbors are upset with him. With a smile on his face he
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.