When people reach their teens, their twenties, and beyond, they often complain that their parents still view them as children. They have reason to be frustrated by this. Continuing to treat someone as a child once they are grown shows no respect to the adult that person has become. But here's what goes on in a parent's mind. Certain images always stay with you: your child's birth, their first day of school, teaching them to drive, prom night, graduation day. Every time a parent sees their adult child, they also see a baby, a toddler, an adolescent, and a teen.
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.