At a Veteran's Day event at an elementary school, a student asked the aged soldier why
he fought in the war when he knew that he might get wounded or killed. The soldier
answered quietly, "I didn't do it for glory or praise. I didn't do it because my parents
asked me to, and I certainly didn't do it for fun. Rather, I did it knowing that the work
would be painful and bloody. I did it for my children who weren't even born yet. I did it
for you. I did it because my country needed me."
Paul shared the good news with the Thessalonians not for glory but because God called
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.