Stephen came from a small, rural town, but through hard work and ambition, he became a successful CEO of a major company and a millionaire. He traveled home for a visit, flying his private jet into the local airport and wearing a fancy suit. The first person to greet him was Old Jim, sitting outside the control tower at the airport. “Hey there, Stevie! It’s been a long time since you were in these parts!” Stephen agreed. “Why,” Old Jim said, “I remember when you were just a little squirt running around in diapers with your teddy bear....” Stephen hurried past Old Jim.
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.