Tomorrow Dick will be ringing a bell in front of a local store for the
tenth year. One afternoon a week during Advent Dick will be at his
station, drumming support for the Salvation Army. Dick does so because
he knows that it is one of the most efficient organizations when it
comes to helping people in need.
As he stands there in all sorts of weather people will share what the
Salvation Army did for them or someone they know who was down on her or
his luck. A senior citizen shared, "When I was a kid, probably seven or
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.