Violet Little was troubled, there in the city of Philadelphia, when she saw a homeless
man, dressed in ragged clothes and not smelling the best, stop in at a fast food place and
be turned away. She knew that many homeless people were sleeping in cars, and that
their only opportunity to clean up and change clothes was to sneak into a public
Why wasn't there a place, she wondered, where they'd be welcome and helped, where
they could really rest for a while?
Finally she found a church, the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, right in the
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.