"When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!" is the refrain of a
popular hymn. A Sunday school class was discussing what heaven will be like. One of
the people present said when she gets to heaven she has questions to ask. Others chuckled
Someone in the class shared a story he read about a person who died, went to heaven, and
asked God why certain things happen. Why, for example, were there homeless people
sleeping on the sidewalk? Why didn't God take better care of those people?
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.