The City of Ottawa, a ship built to commemorate the birthday of Queen Victoria
in 1860, lies broken and submerged in a harbor in Wales. The ship served as a cargo ship
for fifty years, sailing from England to Australia, Asia, South Africa, the United States,
and other countries before it ran aground on a sandbar in the Welsh harbor of Rhyl Foryd
in 1906. There she has remained for over a century. During low tide, her skeletal remains
become visible, and she has become a popular tourist attraction for visitors to Wales. But
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.