Rene remembers the class she had in early American literature. Much of the early
writings made reference to God and divine providence. At the time, Rene was outspoken,
telling others that while she might concede that there is a God there is no evidence of
Jesus being the Son of God. When the class would break into discussion groups Rene
would repeat that she did not believe that Jesus was divine.
While others in the class disagreed with her, they remained respectful of her opinions. In
private, a classmate told Rene that she would pray for her which Rene rebuffed. As a
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.