Josiah Harlan was the first American to enter Afghanistan. In the 1830s, Harlan traveled
from India with a ragtag army of mercenaries to return an ousted ruler to power. He
became commander-in-chief of the Afghan army and finally declared himself king. He
was ousted by the British army and became the model for Rudyard Kipling's story, The Man Who Would Be King.
On his travels to Afghanistan, he was furnished with a guide whose intent became
obvious. He led in a meandering route to waste time. Harlan put the man in chains. Later
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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.