David Livingstone was a 19th century British explorer. He helped to make the African continent known to the world. He is best known to most people because of a search for him conducted by Sir Henry Morton Stanley. When they finally met, Stanley spoke his famous greeting, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume." Livingstone went to South Africa in 1841 to convert the people there to Christianity, to try to stop the slave trade, and to explore the mysterious African continent. In 1956, he was surrounded by a hostile, angry group of natives. Then, an idea came into his mind.
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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.