In the 1949 World War II movie, 12 O'Clock High, Gregory Peck plays Frank
Savage, a no-nonsense general who is brought in to straighten up a hard-luck, low-morale
American bomber group stationed in England. In his first address to the men of his unit,
General Savage tells it like it is: "We're in a war, a shooting war. We've got to fight. And
some of us have got to die. Now I'm not trying to tell you not to be afraid. Fear is normal.
But stop worrying about it. And about yourselves. Stop making plans. Forget about going
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.