Several years ago, a movie came out titled, Cocoon. It was the story of some old
folks in a retirement center. Don Ameche won an Academy Award for his part in the
film. In the movie, some of the old timers had been slipping next door and using the
swimming pool of a private home where nobody lived. It had yet to be rented. One day
some creatures from outer space rented the house and stored in the swimming pool these
round objects that provided eternal life. The old folks had no idea about these objects.
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.