Count the cost of discipleship, our Lord warns. A young soldier once tried to give that
advice to Douglas MacArthur (who seems not to have needed it). During WWI, in the
midst of a crucial battle on the German front, the American military leader stood exposed
on a parapet. One hand held his field glasses to his eyes, while the other was clenched in
excitement. Machine gun bullets were flying all around him. His alarmed adjutant
climbed up next to MacArthur and touched him on the arm. He said, "If I might suggest,
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.