One of the true stories told concerning the sinking of the Titanic tells how a
woman was told she could have three minutes to return to her cabin and retrieve some of
her priceless valuables. She came back not with money, or jewels but with three oranges.
Death had boarded the ship and, suddenly, oranges became more valuable than diamonds
Another stewardship story fits: A poor woman applied to the sultan of Turkey and asked
for compensation for the loss of her property. "How did you lose it?" he inquired. "I fell
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.