The poem "Poor Angus" by children's poet Shel Silverstein is written as if it were a conversation between an unknown speaker and a young man named Angus. "What do you do, poor Angus, when hunger makes you cry?" the speaker asks. Angus replies: "I fix myself an omelet, sir, of fluffy clouds and sky." When he is cold, Angus says that he "sews himself a warm cloak, sir, of hope and daffodils." Despite the lack of a roof over his head, food in his belly, and warm clothes on his back, the poor Angus of the poem refuses to be downtrodden.
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.