Charles Dickens begins his classic work A Tale of Two Cities with "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…" In the small-town church where I was raised, the local pastor had a difficult time discerning what to preach about throughout the month of October. Summer had passed, and the only holiday on the horizon was Halloween. He did not want to encourage a "ghosts and goblins" sort of religion. Yet the month of October is what Charles Dickens describes as the "best of times and the worst of times." The leaves change color in the forests.
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.