On April 18, 1906, a devastating earthquake rocked the city of San Francisco. What the earthquake didn't destroy, fire did. Much of the city lay in ruins, but plans were quickly put into place to rebuild the city. City and state officials downplayed the extent of the damage believing that if people knew the true story, they wouldn't invest in San Francisco's reconstruction. Building standards were lowered, some estimate by as much as 50%, in the rush to rebuild the city. Part of the rush to rebuild had to do with the Panama-Pacific Exposition that was to be held in the city in 1915.
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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.