The US Coast Guard Craft, Polar Star, is one of two icebreakers homeported in
Seattle, Washington. The ship's design and computerized propulsion control system make
efficient use of its 75,000 horsepower. The portion of the hull that rams the ice is nearly
two inches thick. The hull is massively supported, equipping the ship to plow through ice
21-feet thick. The craft keeps sea lanes open and earns the gratitude of many ships that
follow its path.
The ship's task is like that of Jesus who gives us confidence -- in his case, confidence to
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.