The local service club named Gary its "Person of the Year." Gary worked tirelessly to
establish a dental clinic for people living in the inner city who could not afford to have
their teeth cared for properly. As Gary sought contributions from area businesses, he
would mention that an abscessed tooth could lead to serious illness or even death. He
asked other dentists to volunteer their time and services at the clinic. Gary was certainly
deserving of the club's award.
Gary was truly touched by the award and spoke from his heart. His father was also
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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.