One day Branch Rickey, the general manager of the then Brooklyn Dodgers major league baseball team, decided to take a great risk. It was the mid-1940s and Rickey decided he was going to sign the first black man to a major league baseball contract. He called Jackie Robinson into his office. Robinson had been a superb athlete at UCLA in several sports, especially in baseball. He was known for his sense of pride and his fierce temper. He also had a strong family background with an intense Christian faith. But Rickey wondered if Robinson had the humility to go with his pride.
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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.