Amnesty International is an organization that spends its time shining lights into the darkest closets of those regimes that routinely use torture and death as means to maintain their power and control. They symbolize this work by the use of a single candle in the midst of a circle of barbed wire. The means they use to set free prisoners of conscience is simple: pen and paper (or computer printouts). Each member is asked to write letters on behalf of individual prisoners to those governments holding them incarcerated, or to serve on committees studying the records of those governments.
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.