Isaiah 11:1-10 In the summer of 2013 the Madame Tussauds wax museums in Berlin and Amsterdam added a life-size figure of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank. Re-created from photographs, Anne is sitting at her desk in her house of hiding in Amsterdam, writing in her diary. The museums are best known for their entertaining wax figures, but the curator cautioned, "It is important for Madame Tussauds that we don't just entertain but also play a role in educating people and help them learn from history."
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.