While on vacation at a well-known Atlantic Ocean beach, a couple went to one of the local attractions. After paying their entrance fee, they were given a coupon for $10 in "vacation money" and told they could redeem this at the next table. A man described to them many free things for them to choose from -- money, free tickets to some of the other area attractions, coupons for a great meal at a very nice restaurant, and so on -- available to them if they would simply attend a two-and-one-half hour sales presentation at one of the local resort areas.
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.