In baptism, we are symbolically sealed in the tomb with Christ, only to rise with him. Thankfully, it is nothing like the experience of Madam Blunden!
In 1674, in the village of Basingstoke, England, Madam Blunden, not feeling well, ordered some poppy water from the drugstore. Foolishly, she drank almost the whole bottle and fell into a deathlike stupor. The pharmacist was called and proclaimed she would never rise again. Presumed dead, and her husband out of the country, her relatives and servants decided to bury her quickly, as the smell of the body was very strong.
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.