Albrecht Durer was a poor man. He struggled to become an artist. At one point, he almost gave up his studies and painting because he had to earn a living. Another man, who hoped to be an artist, too, offered to get a job to support both of them. In this way, Albrecht could continue studying art. Durer became a successful artist. However, his friend's hands had become twisted and stiff from the manual labor. This man had sacrificed his hope of becoming an artist so that Durer could become one. Durer watched his friend's hands positioned together for prayer.
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.