Anna told this story: "When the depression descended in the 1930s, I had nine children as
well as a niece and younger brother. There was barely enough food for us. When the
trains came in with potatoes from the east or apples from the west, we thought it was a
luxury. Many times, I pretended not to be hungry at supper, leaving more for the hungry
mouths around the table. I went to bed hungry but knew that my children's growing
bodies needed the food more than I."
Anna suffered hunger pangs so that her children might have enough. Isaiah foretold of a
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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.