Ron was blessed to have two children. His oldest son, David, just turned six. His
daughter, Noelle, is in the midst of the terrible twos. Ron discovered that his daughter
responded differently than his son to his affection. David would run to greet his dad as he
came home from work, while Noelle seemed hesitant. Everything that Ron did to
entertain his son did not get the same result from his daughter. Ron was puzzled and
unsure what to do.
One evening following dinner Ron sat on the floor. Noelle picked up a doll and hit her
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.