Richard Flanagan wrote a book titled The Narrow Road to the Deep North. It is a novel, based on real events, that describes the building of a Japanese railroad by prisoners-of-war through the jungles between Thailand and Burma. It became known as the "death railway" because 100,000 slave laborers died during its construction. The main character in the book is an Australian medical doctor named Dorrigo Evans who says that it's impossible to convey "the suffering, the sorrow, the abject pathetic pointlessness of such immense suffering by so many."
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.