A wealthy businessman had many employees that kept up his large estate, garden, and
mansion. He had lost a son a few years before and had no other heirs. He decided he
would let his employees pick out anything from his mansion to have as a gift. One by
one, they came to pick out priceless furniture or other antiques. One faithful employee
who had been close to the businessman's son, asked for one thing only, the beautiful
painting of that son. A few years later after he died, many gathered for the reading of his
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.