Abraham Lincoln and his family often sought solace at the Soldier's Home in Washington DC. It was to this mansion that the president often retreated to escape the summer's heat and withdraw from the problems of the war. For a weekend excursion in 1864, the Lincolns invited Joshua Speed to be their guest. Shortly after sunrise, Speed entered the library unannounced. There he found the president sitting before an open window, enjoying the morning's light, intently reading his Bible. Speed complimented the president's faith, then reaffirmed his own skepticism regarding religion.
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.