The road-weary business traveler steps out of a taxicab, suitcase in hand, and climbs the
steps of a downtown hotel. "I'd like to check in," he says to the doorman.
"Right this way, sir," the doorman replies, ushering the man through the revolving door.
He directs him not to the front desk, but to a machine resembling an ATM. A sign posted
on the machine instructs the traveler to insert his credit card, punch in his room
preference, and the machine will issue him his key.
They say these "automatic check-in kiosks" are the wave of the future in major hotels. No
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.