The 1998 movie Life Is Beautiful tells the story of an Italian Jewish family during World War II. The simple family they enjoy is pulled apart by the Nazi occupation of Italy. Father and son are shipped off to one camp, while the mother is sent to a separate camp. The father, played by Roberto Beginini, can't bear to tell his son the truth about their desperate situation, so he invents stories to explain their prison camp life. Throughout the horrible ordeal, the father keeps the charade going so that only good news comes to his son.
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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.