On May 22, 1787, twelve men gathered in a printer's shop at 2 George Yard in London. Their objective: to put an end to slavery in the British Empire. At the center of the group was Thomas Clark-son. The challenge before them was daunting. At that point of time in history nearly three-quarters of the earth's population was in bondage of one kind or another. The economy of the world's superpower then was driven by slave trade. To advocate the abolition of that trade and the practice that it fueled, was literally, hoping against all hope.
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.