Jan Baalsrud fled Norway when Germany invaded in 1940. In 1943, he returned with three others to lead an underground war for freedom. They were ferried to northern Norway by a fishing boat. Their mission was betrayed, however, and the boat’s crew and all but Jan were killed. Although he was wounded in the foot, Jan escaped and was able to flee and survive for a day through snow and freezing ocean swims. He completed his final evening ocean swim across 220 yards and was close to death through exhaustion and hypothermia. As he lay on the beach he heard voices.
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.