Ralph had just purchased a piece of land on which sat an abandoned farmyard. It was his
intention to use the yard as the base for his new country home. In the back of the yard sat
an old barn that was filled with rotting straw bales. The loft floor had collapsed and the
bales spilled from the gaping doorway. Ralph decided that the easiest way to remove the
barn was to burn it, after all the straw was dry and the wood was dry. One evening after
work, Ralph and several friends gathered around the old barn with the goal of burning it
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.