A very popular newscaster seemed to have everything he needed. His program was
broadcast on many radio stations, and he had written numerous articles and books. His
popularity has also made him a success financially.
While on vacation in Arizona in 1971, this newscaster and his wife slipped into a little
white clapboard church for the Sunday morning service. Seeing a dozen or more people
sitting on wooden folding chairs brought back memories of the newscaster's childhood.
He remembered that as a child he had one night knelt by his bed and received Jesus
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.