He was retired military: safe and secure after more than twenty years in the service, living
on a comfortable pension. He had achieved a standard of living higher than his parents'
wildest dreams. By all accounts, he should have been supremely happy; but he was not.
Something very important was missing from his life.
Alex Haley longed to know where he came from, so he set out to discover his "roots."
Everyone he told about his quest said he was crazy. How could an African American, a
descendant of slaves, trace his family history back across the ocean? There were no
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.