When Kate was informed that she had ovarian cancer, her world fell apart. She was only
39, had three wonderful children, a loving husband, and a career that was finally taking
off. Now cancer. For the first few weeks, Kate was down. She more or less believed,
although she never let her children know, that her life was over.
However, with the support of her husband, her oncology team, and her pastor, Kate's
spirits revived. She underwent hysterectomy surgery, entered chemotherapy treatment,
and joined a cancer support group comprised mainly of women who had had ovarian
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.