The military is very quick to refer to comrades in arms as brothers. Band of Brothers, the mini-series put out by HBO and produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, tells the story of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne in WWII. They trained together in the United States, they parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, and they fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Because of the deep bonding that occurred between them, as they saw members of their company fall to enemy fire, still they had the courage to hold ground in Bastogne and turn the tide of the war.
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.