So who do we trust while taking our journey of faith during the season of Pentecost? I observe that people who get sick or have accidents experience a rude awakening when their medical co-pays and deductibles have risen. Why does a broken arm or viral infection cost us more this year than it did last year? The rules have changed with every year and it takes a larger hit on our bank account or available cash. If we go on a vacation, quite often the tourist places have raised their rates. At the amusement park, why are the rides more expensive than they were last year?
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.