The story of Elisha's determination to stay with Elijah until he was taken reminds one of the determined frog. It so happened that a frog decided to explore the inside of the farmer's barn. Being a bit careless, he fell into a half-filled pail of milk. After swimming around the pail, the frog discovered that the sides were too steep and slippery for him to climb. The milk was too deep for him to put his legs on the bottom and propel himself out of the pail. But the frog was determined. He kicked and squirmed, kicked and squirmed, and in the process turned the milk into butter.
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.