There is something about a house, and it runs deeper than the stitches on a “Home Sweet Home” sampler. There is something about a place you can call your own; something about those afghans which, although they are probably the ugliest colors Grandma could find in her crochet basket, are always thrown across the back of the sofa. Besides, they’re handy on cold nights. And there is something about the curtains in the kitchen. They’re from 1950 and don’t match anything, but somehow you love watching them when you eat breakfast every morning.
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.