On October 9, 2005, five Mexican fisherman set out from San Blas, Mexico, to look for
sharks. Unfortunately, their 27-foot fiberglass boat developed motor problems and they
were left adrift. Two men jumped off the boat in an attempt to swim for safety and
drowned. The other three men, Jesus Vadaña, Lucio Rendon, and Salvador Ordoñez, did
their best to survive. And survive they did. They ate raw fish, sea gulls, and ducks if they
could snare them, and drank rainwater. There were stretches as long as fifteen days that
they went without food. They read their Bible every day.
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.