Phil shares his experience being away from home for the first time while attending a state
university. Phil was fortunate to grow up with a close-knit family. His parents were
always there for him, attending special programs at his school. His grandparents lived on
the same road in their farming community. Phil was also the first member of his family to
Phil realized it would be a big step leaving the only home he ever knew. Tears were shed
the day he left. His parents supported him in this new venture. The university was just
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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.