The year was 1799, the armies of Napoleon were conquering all in their path. They
arrived the evening before Easter at the Austrian town of Feldkirch. Their plan was to
attack the next day. The town council, knowing there was no way to defend the town,
tried to come up with a plan of escape. One of them said, "Tomorrow is Easter Sunday,
let us leave all in God's hands and celebrate the day as usual."
Early on Easter morning, every bell in the town began ringing, celebrating Easter. The
French army, hearing this, was convinced that during the night the Austrian army had
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.