More than one mother during the Civil War was allowed to speak with President
Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln's cabinet wasn't pleased with the president's choice of whom
to see and how to use his energy. At times, they also disagreed with his merciful
decisions concerning the mothers' sons who were soldiers who'd done such things as
sleeping on guard duty.
The amazing experience of being ushered into the president's office to speak about the
most pressing and personal of issues is comparable to our having peace with God and
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.