When I was a child, one of my favorite Disney movies was The Sword in the Stone. I loved the climactic scene where there is a tournament going on to determine who will be the next king. Strong, imposing knights joust and fight, hoping to use their strength to gain the throne. Meanwhile, in an old churchyard in another part of London, the true king, King Arthur, is revealed when a scrawny boy pulls a miraculous, yet forgotten sword from an anvil. This was not the way the people expected the next king to be revealed; yet it was undeniable who the true king was meant to be.
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.