On Thanksgiving, we remember the story of the Pilgrims having a feast with the Indians.
This meal has been acted out in probably every elementary school across the country.
What we sometimes forget is the faith of the Pilgrims. It was for religious reasons that
they departed from England, setting sail for the New World. How many of us would be
willing to leave our homes, our extended families, everything that is familiar because of
our faith? As they boarded the Mayflower they did so knowing that in all
likelihood they would never return.
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.