Terry was offered a new job in California. Accepting the job would mean moving over
2,000 miles away from her family. She loved the change in her life, but there were times
when she missed her family. She realized that with her new job she would not be able to
go home for Thanksgiving. It would be the first time she would not be with her parents
and sisters and their families on Thanksgiving.
She realized that she would have nothing to do on Thanksgiving Day. Her coworkers
would be with their families; the mall and everything else would be closed. Then she read
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.