2 Samuel 11:1-15 Some children were taken to a nursing home to sing to the residents and share some time with them. For one little girl this was a new experience. After they sang for the residents, some of them said do you have any questions, and the little girl said yes, and asked, "How old are you?" And the lady smiled at her and said, "I am 98 years old." And the little girl's eyes just got so big, she couldn't believe that. And she said, "Did you start at one just like the rest of us?"
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.