In the 1920s, the London County Council opened up the old slum district in East London. Before the Council did its work, the district was congested. The streets were not much better than alleys. These streets were covered with garbage. Tenements lined these narrow streets. Disease and crime lived in those streets. The Council bought this area of the city for an enormous price. The old houses were torn down. A broad, straight highway was cut through the district. When it was completed, it was called "The King's Way." Christ made just such a way for us to the Father.
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.