During the Underground Railroad, people would hide runaway slaves in their homes. Sometimes they built special rooms or cellars for the runaways to hide in. Although they knew that they ran a great risk in hiding runaway slaves in their homes, they had faith in God and conviction in his teachings that all men are equal under Christ. In the twentieth century, those who helped Jews escape or avoid Nazis during World War II showed their faith in the idea that we should love all our brothers and sisters, no matter our differences.
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.