Egerton Ryerson at the age of twelve lay in bed, deathly ill. He promised God that if he should live he would dedicate himself to the service of the Lord. Just then his mother entered the room and saw that his face was altered and exclaimed that he would get better, which he did. Ryerson became a Methodist preacher in Canada, but dedicated himself to education. In 1844 he became the Chief Superintendent of Education and revolutionized Canada's educational system. He funded elementary schools and placed a library in every school.
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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.