There are many signs that tell us a new season is upon us. The first frost, changing leaves,
and gathering of birds herald fall's arrival. Robins singing and snowdrops and crocuses
pushing through the ground, announce that spring is around the corner.
Living in a city or town, there are some other signs of spring. Chalk drawings begin to
decorate sidewalks and driveways all over town, drawings of happy faces, fancy letters
forming names, stick people, and basketball keys. Children are drawn from their homes
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.