Sometimes as a child you get into situations that you don't like and all you want is your parents. Maybe you are fighting with someone at school or daycare and all you want is mom or dad to swoop in with great wrath and ire and smite your enemies. Or, at least reprimand them a little bit. You want someone with authority, someone you trust, to come in and take care of the situation. And okay, some of it is your own fault. You know that you'll probably end up in time out or in your room when you get home, or you know you will have to do extra chores as punishment... but you don't care.
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.