About two years ago, U.S. Representative Floyd D. Spence from South Carolina died. That is not particularly noteworthy. What happened to him 13 years earlier, however, is! In 1988, at a time when lung transplants were rare, Spence had a double-lung transplant. Shortly afterward, he spoke to a group of Christian men about how he tried to use opportunities to express his Christian faith, especially in the political arena. Because of his experience with the double-lung transplant, he was encouraged to "tell people there is hope" in a world that often offers no hope.
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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.