Regina, who raised seven daughters and two sons, never allowed her girls to tamper with
her cooking. When Regina hosted the family Christmas dinner, her daughters, all of
whom were excellent cooks themselves, were allowed only to set the table, make coffee
or tea, and cut the desserts, but not to touch Regina's turkey, baked ham, or special
vegetable dishes. "I know what spice to add and when," she'd say. "Just stay away." It
was, of course, her way of saying, "Too many cooks spoil the broth."
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.