A swimming teacher tells how difficult it is to teach four-year-old children to swim. The
teacher realized, on his very first day of work, how terrifying it is for a four-year-old to
go from standing on the side of the pool, shivering in a towel, to floating in the water (let
alone swimming). The only way to do it is gradually. You have to support young children
in your arms, slowly bending your knees until the kids discover the property of
buoyancy: that they can indeed trust the water to hold them up, if they position their body
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.