Sam is just thirteen years old but has not had an easy time with frequent moves to new
communities. Sam has moved in and out of several school districts that meant having to
make new friends and start all over time and time again. When his mother landed a better
paying job and found a place to live, Sam hoped this would be his last move. He craved
stability, his last time to make new friends. Teens can be tough on each other. It's not
easy making new friends in a large school.
One of their new neighbors showed Sam his hobby -- collecting baseball cards. The man
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.