Small or insignificant towns sometimes produce legendary figures. Take the city of
Aberdeen, Maryland, for example. It probably means nothing to most people. But to
baseball fans, it is the home of Cal Ripken Jr. Aberdeen is where he grew up, attended
high school, learned to play ball. Today, Aberdeen houses the Ripken Museum, and a
baseball stadium called, Ripken Stadium.
Or how about Brantford, Ontario; nothing of significance to most people. But this small
city has two claims to fame. It was here that Alexander Graham Bell invented the
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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.