Ben Chavis, National Director of the NAACP, relates the story of how hope sustained him as a political prisoner in Wilmington, North Carolina. In a darkened jail cell, he found hope in little rays of light peeking through the concrete walls of his cell. Chavis recalls that each day was spent looking for the cracks in the walls and that each tiny opening represented the light of God breaking in on his own spiritual night. The rays of light gave him the strength to press on during days of disillusionment and despair.
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.