One of my favorite farming tales is of a pastor in a rural congregation who was tired of hearing people complain about their lot in life. Every year the stories changed, but they always had the same theme: farming is tough. It is tough because you cannot count on the weather. Or the bugs are sure to get your crop. And the cost of seed and fertilizer is always too high, while the price of grain is way too low. Besides, the spring was too wet; we couldn't get into the fields on time. And, wouldn't you know it? Frost came too early in September; the corn didn't ripen properly.
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.