A couple of years ago, Geoff Smith set out to break the world record for the longest time being buried under the ground. He planned to live in a coffin-shaped box for 180 days, although his living quarters were equipped with a television, lights, and restroom facilities. Also, food and drink were to be provided through a small tube that would connect him with the outside world. Back in 1968, his mother spend 101 days underground to set the world record at that time. But then in 1981, someone came along and spent 141 days underground to break that record.
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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.