Victor Frankl, a Jew who spent three years in the jail at Auschwitz, and other Nazi prison
camps, has written a book titled Man's Search For Meaning. He recalls the
heroic acts of prisoners who always had an attitude of cheerfulness and caring,
identifying with other prisoners in a way that lifted them out of their depression.
Some were able to keep their sanity and humanity intact because they persisted in
exercising an inner spiritual freedom. They found purpose and meaning even when
everything was taken from them. Something that could not be taken from them was the
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.