In Ceylon some years ago, a high-caste person believed that God had called him to serve with the out-caste community. The high-caste members of his congregation condemned his action, and moved to a congregation where life was more congenial and less threatening. This high-caste man was attacked in the streets, his house stoned. He suffered greatly for his decision to move beyond his comfort-zone. Today, however, he is the most trusted friend of the out-caste community. His suffering has had a reconciling purpose, bringing the people of that community into a knowledge of the Christ.
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.