"God has become my strength." As I write this, the news is being dominated by the
rescue efforts for the six miners buried deep within a coal mine in Huntington, Utah.
Throughout the world prayers are offered for their safety.
Many years ago, explorer Thomas Hearne and his party had set out on a rigorous trip into
northern Canada to find the source of the Coppermine River. A short time after they left,
thieves broke in and stole most of their supplies. Hearne could have given up in despair.
Instead, his response was, "The weight of our baggage being lightened, our next day's
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.