We see so many appeals in magazines and on television for many causes both at home and in other countries that we can get overwhelmed! For years I saw those pictures of starving children or children with cleft palates that I pushed them away and went on to something else. Am I alone? But if you had a child with cleft palate you might put that at the top of your list.
I saw many in need when I served as a missionary in Nepal. If I gave a rupee to each one, I would go broke! Then one day I had one of those firsthand experiences that changed my life.
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.