Jovana Jovanovic is a woman who spent more than four years in a "collective center"
(refugee camp) outside the Montenegran coastal city of Ulcinj in the late 1990s. She
entered the camp in a wheelchair, having fallen and broken her back, but even the
depressing conditions in the camp could not keep her down. She was soon up and on her
feet, helping in the distribution of food parcels sent by Christian agencies. With the few
dinars she was able to save, she managed to buy a small plot of land, with the goal of
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.