The Christmas carol, "Good King Wenceslas" is dedicated to King Wenceslas of Czechoslovakia. The carol's words state how King Wenceslas saw a poor man gathering fuel for his fireplace and was so moved that he fought the winter winds to share food from his many warehouses with this poor man. He did not ask someone else to go in his place, but was willing to give his all to someone else. The final words are: Therefore Christian men be sure, Wealth or rank possessing, Ye who shall now bless the poor, Shall yourselves find blessing.
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.