Even today, when the French think of Charles de Gaulle they know that no one has
symbolized France more that this great military leader and statesmen. What is not so
widely known was that he and his wife, Evonne, were the parents of a Down syndrome
daughter. They loved her greatly and were concerned about her. It did not matter what
was happening in the affairs of state, Charles arranged his life so that he and Evonne
would have some time almost every day with their infant daughter. When they would put
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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.