During WWII, "Americans of Italian lineage" or "Americans of German lineage" weren't
forced to sell their possessions in three days and be shipped to a concentration camp
carrying only a suitcase. Yet, more than 25,000 Japanese served in the US Army while
their families (110,000 people) were held in what were euphemistically called
Compared to the US population Japanese were over-represented in the US Army by more
than twenty percent. Who were those short troops with slanted eyes whose forebears
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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.