Winfred Grenfell was a medical student in London when he responded to the invitation of
Dwight L. Moody and accepted Christ. After completing his medical training, he went to
the bleak coasts of Labrador to witness and to heal. He made a trip to see Moody and to
thank him for leading him to Christ. "That was fourteen years ago," Moody said. "What
have you been doing since?" "Doing?" exclaimed Grenfell. "I've been living and working
that others might know Christ."
"You left a lot behind. Do you regret it?" asked Moody. "No!" was Dr. Grenfell's quick
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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.