Living in the light took on a whole new dimension for me in 1942 when the electricity
was turned on in our farm home. The REA (Rural Electric Association) had gone through
in 1939, but there was no way we could afford the minimal charge, then only $8 a month.
Four years later, when farm prices were better, the time arrived when the house was
wired and a pole for a yard light was installed.
I experienced the thrill that few today have experienced. Coming home from country
school and discovering that the electricity was on! No more lantern carrying to light up
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.