Tim was in sixth grade when he was assigned a "Remembrance Project." Tim's
homework was to find someone who had lived in his hometown of Johnstown,
Pennsylvania, for at least fifty years and Tim knew just the man. His grandfather had
worked in the steel mills all his life and loved to talk about the good old days.
"So what was it like around here in the 1950s, Grandpa?" asked Tim.
"Oh, it was different, real different. The whole town was moving. Everybody was
working. People actually came here looking for jobs instead of having to leave town to
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.