In Ray Bradbury's science fiction classic Fahrenheit 451, firefighters are not as we know them today. In the book, firefighters don't put out fires; instead, they start them. In the world Bradbury has created, reading books is forbidden. The novel follows Montag, a firefighter, as he comes to the realization that books are more than kindling; they are the lifeblood and the collective memory of civilization. In one scene in the book, Montag is present when the firemen are called to burn the book collection of an old woman.
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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.