James Lloyd Breck was a great missionary who took the gospel message to Wisconsin,
Minnesota, and California in the nineteenth century. It was not unusual for him to walk or
ride a horse on a fifteen- to twenty-mile circuit on Sundays and preach at five or six
missions he had set up around the area.
Breck once wrote in a letter home: "I am living for and laboring for the Church, and hope
to die in her service, and if it please the Great Head of the Church I should wish to die in
the active performance of duty. If I serve God acceptably, I can never be injured by
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.