She is a small-town mother who recently lost her son. She visits the young man's grave
almost every day, sometimes twice daily trying to cope. Her grief is strong and palpable.
Only a parent who has suffered similarly can know the intensity of a loss such as hers and
understand also the concomitant guilt, fear, and feelings of inadequacy. Despite her
unique pain, many townspeople, including fellow church members, criticize her frequent
graveside visits. "She needs to get on with her life," they say.
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.