A pastor in England took leave of his congregation during WWI to be a chaplain to the
armed forces in France. He told of the horrible suffering he and others endured in artillery
bombardments, the charge of enemy armies, poison gas, and even bombs from tiny bi-
His time in the trenches severely tried his faith. Daily he would slosh through the mud or
dust to take small gifts to the soldiers and to offer them the consolations of friendship and
a prayer. Some days he existed without faith in God. As he dodged bullets and threw
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.