The great benediction of Romans 15:13 begins and ends with hope. Here is an example of
Christian hope in action.
A Baptist church in Johannesburg, South Africa, felt moved to do something about the
problem of "throw-away" babies -- newborns abandoned by their impoverished mothers
who have no means to care for them. Because of its dangerous urban neighborhood, this
church was surrounded by a high security wall. The members of the church cut a hole in
the wall, and labeled it the "Door of Hope." They urged women not to throw their babies
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.