At a gloomy time in his life, when he was near bankruptcy after a vain attempt at
farming, the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, was out plowing a field, and happened to turn
up a mouse's nest with his plow. Appalled at the devastation he'd wreaked on the
unsuspecting rodents, he penned a little poem, "To a Mouse." It contains the famous
The best-laid schemes o' Mice an' Men
Gang aft a-gley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
A year or so after he wrote that poem, Robbie Burns gave up on farming. He sold out to
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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.