Being prepared to make a defense for the hope that is within us sometimes means being ready to deal with the unexpected, with ridicule, with rudeness, and with bullying. Harold Macmillan, when he was British ambassador to the United States, encountered a situation that forced him to keep his cool while sticking to his convictions. It was the famous incident, during which Nikita Khrushchev, the belligerent Soviet premier, took off his shoe and banged it on the table in front of him. Macmillan was unperturbed. He replied, "I'd like that translated, if I may."
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.