You have to show a photo ID to go into a warehouse of a store and buy overgrown cans of peaches. You need to recite the date of your birth to get any kind of medical help. You can't legally drive without a card bearing your name, height, and eye color. You need to have a little booklet that verifies where you live if you expect to travel to another country. A long string of numbers follows you through life without which you cannot get a job or apply for a loan. To live in this day and age is to constantly have to prove who you are.
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.