Septic tanks helped educate me. We moved to Oregon in 1946. Dad and a friend buried a
tank at our place. You don't expect to see the septic tank again after that. But rain
saturated the soil; the empty tank arose overnight.
My junior year of high school, I hoped to play football and wanted a physically
demanding summer job. My sister's husband helped me find employment with a building
contractor. I enjoyed hammering nails and finding materials for the carpenters. They even
let me saw boards. Many of them I cut too short. That led to my second septic tank
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.