Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote a poem honoring the heroics of the British light cavalry at the Battle of Balaciava in the Crimean War. The poem, titled The Charge of the Light Brigade, has become an epic, not only for its wording but also because it recounts the discipline of soldiers who went forth in a suicidal charge. The men did not question their orders; they followed the commands given to them. Perhaps the best known and most often repeated line of the poem is, "Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred."
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.