Benjamin Franklin was perhaps America's first self-made man. Benjamin was born the fifteenth child and tenth son of Josiah Franklin and his second wife, Abiah Folger. Josiah was a soap and candle maker. Benjamin had an early propensity for reading and was sent to school in the hopes that he might become a member of the clergy. But because of the expense of such training, Benjamin was pulled from school. He was apprenticed to his father in the candle and soap shop to keep Benjamin from going to sea.
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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.