Some time ago, a husband and wife faced serious marriage problems. Neither would take
the steps needed to be reunited. They both moved to different areas. The husband was
back one day, and went to visit the grave of their only son who had died years before.
While at the grave, he heard a soft step and turned to see that his estranged wife was also
making a visit. He said nothing, but reached out his hand. She took his hand and began
sobbing. Tearfully, he held her close. Their son's death brought them together. It is the
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.