In 1840 Vienna was a place where a lot of medical research was done. Although the best treatment in the world was given there, one out of six women who gave birth later died.
In April of 1847 Dr. Inges Semmelweis, head of obstetrics at one of the leading hospitals of the city, was reading his Bible and made a great discovery. He read the Bible's injunctions about handling the dead, and then it clicked with him. The physicians almost always went directly from the morgue when they arrived at the hospital. They went from there to do their rounds.
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.