In my childhood home, there was a wall plaque, unadorned except for three words: "Keep
Looking Up." For us young ones it was a comic command, and we would stumble about
with our eyes glued to the ceiling. But for those who have known any kind of adult
anguish, there is no other hope or help.
Sir James Simpson, the Scottish physician who discovered the anesthetic properties of
chloroform, freed his world from much pain. But his own heart was anguished by the
death of a little daughter. When she was buried in a lonely Edinburgh cemetery, Simpson
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.