Abraham Lincoln was well known for showing mercy and doing what he believed was the right thing. As Jesus knew his disciples would discover, Lincoln often found doing so weighed heavily. On the day the Emancipation Proclamation was laid before him he held the pen in his hand a long time before signing it. When asked by those standing nearby why he didn't get on with it, he replied, "If my hand trembles when I sign the Proclamation, all who examine the document hereafter will say, 'He hesitated.' " He waited a few moments longer, calmed himself, and then signed slowly and with a firm hand.
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.