Isaiah 52:13--53:12 The Revolutionary War was not going well for the Americans, as the British were continually defeating the Continental Army on the fields of battle. A victory was needed, and George Washington saw his opportunity to defeat the Hessian mercenaries in Trenton on the day after Christmas. Prior to the battle, Washington wrote himself a note that simply read "Victory or death."
Washington and his troops, after crossing the Delaware River on that cold winter's night, did secure victory in the Battle of Trenton. Ron L.
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.