Wesley C. Baker, in his book More Than a Man Can Take, tells the story in the comedy Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines where the movie spoofs the pre-World War I German army. In this particular scene the Prussian colonel is alarmed that the pilot of his primitive airplane is too sick to fly in a major international race. The colonel decides to fly the plane himself. The pilot who is ill asks, "How will you learn?" The colonel responds curtly, "The way any German officer learns anything, from the book of instructions!"
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.