Actress Maria Bello has been a longtime supporter of "Save the Children." Last year, she
visited after-school programs in Tennessee, Arkansas, and New Mexico to see firsthand
how reading is helping children overcome the challenges of rural poverty.
One out of every six children lives in poverty in the United States; many live in poor,
isolated communities with scarce resources. Rural communities often do not have
libraries or after-school programs, some not even clean water. Children living in these
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.