The Christ-hymn celebrates the servant attitude of Jesus. One who has exemplified Jesus' mindset in our day was Dr. Martha Myers. Dr. Myers died doing what she believed God had called her to be doing in the place where God called her to serve. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, she and two other co-workers were killed in the hospital in Jibla, Yemen, where they worked. They were all representatives of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board in Richmond, Virginia. She came naturally to mission work since both of her grandfathers had been pastors.
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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.