In Corrie ten Boom's book, The Hiding Place, Corrie tells of her first encounter
with death. As a girl, she and her mother visited the family of an infant who had died.
The idea of losing a loved one just overwhelmed Corrie. Sobbing, she told her father that
he couldn't die, because she just couldn't handle it. Her father reminded her of their trips
to Amsterdam, and how he always gave her ticket to her just before they boarded the
train. Her father told her that God does the same for us when a loved one dies: giving us
the strength we need, just in time.
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.