When Michael and David were ten, they decided that what their dad needed most for Father's Day was a tree house. Every day after school they hauled old boards, nails, hammers, and saws out to the stand of trees behind the barn. They sawed and hammered but they couldn't get more than a couple of boards to stay in the tree. Finally, they confided in their mother. Unbeknownst to them, she told their father. One night after supper, he just happened to wander down to the stand of trees where he found his boys hard at it.
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.