Barbara Tuchman, the historian, has given us a remarkable study of the failure of governments in her book The March of Folly, From Troy to Vietnam. The book records how governments have often pursued policies contrary to their self-interests. Administrators of governments of all sorts have ignored good counsel and common sense to pursue goals that inevitably spelled disaster. Tuchman uses classic examples to make her case, beginning with the Siege of Troy and the Trojan Horse. History is filled with other case histories of people like Napoleon and Hitler who ignored sound advice.
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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.