The temperature hit the low 100s for the third day in succession. Kelsey sat listlessly on
the swing on her front porch drinking the cool lemonade that her mother had made for
her. As she drank it, she watched as several men dressed in orange overalls labored on a
road-improvement project in front of her house. Kelsey felt sorry for the men; they
looked hot and tired. Then Kelsey hit on the plan. She went to the kitchen, took the
pitcher of lemonade from the fridge, gathered some glasses from the cupboard, a handful
of cookies from the cookie jar, and headed out to the men.
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.