An ancient legend is told of a famous blacksmith who, having been arrested and chained in the castle's dungeon, began to examine the chains which securely bound him. He sought to discover a flaw in the links, a weakness in its strength, that might make it easier to break the chains.
His hope was dashed, for he recognized upon the chains the mark of his own craftsmanship. And it had been his boast that no one could break a chain which he had forged.
Thus it is with a sinner. One's own hands have forged the chain that binds, a chain that no human hand can break.
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.