When we moved into the retirement center where we now live, we passed on the family
pieces to our children. But the organ, none of the three wanted. We made an inquiry at
the center and learned that the Alzheimer's unit would be happy to have it. That sounded
right to us.
Something made us want to go to the Alzheimer building and play the organ, perhaps
once a week. How would that be? The nurses received our suggestion with joy. Of
course, come on! The residents will be so happy to hear the music.
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.