Ralph shared with his Sunday school class how his sister and her husband lived and
worked for many years at a home for children. What struck Ralph was how his sister
lived, trusting in the generosity of others. They had no income but totally depended on
others. There were times when they had to ask for donations. And there were times when
Ralph financially helped them out. Ralph admitted that he could never have lived like
that. He admired his sister and her husband.
During their lives this couple touched the lives of hundreds of troubled children and
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.