Did you learn some of the lines written by Alfred Lord Tennyson? Along the way of our schooling, many of us were assigned a few of his poems. I remember learning in the sixth grade the opening of "The Charge of the Light Brigade": "Half a league, half a league, half a league onward./Into the valley of death rode the six hundred."
Then in a college, we studied Ten-nyson's "The Passing of Arthur." These lines have been an inspiration to many: "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of./Wherefore, let thy voice rise like a fountain for me day and night."
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.