On a snowy day, a young boy asked his dad why the family goes to church. After all,
don't all people love God in their own unique way? The father, who teaches Sunday
school, replied, "It used to be when I was a boy we had to shovel snow by hand with a
shovel. If we were lucky, we got some help from the neighbors. Today, we have all kinds
of snow blowers, tractors with plows on them, not to mention pick-up trucks with
snowplows. To give up all the gifts that we have in the high priest of Jesus Christ is about
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.