Dr. Viktor Frankl was an imprisoned Jew in World War II. He was stripped naked except for his gold wedding band on his left hand. As the guards slipped that ring off Frankl's finger, he had what he came to believe was a revelation. This thought came to his mind: The one ability each human possesses is the ability to react to what others do to us. All humans are prisoners. Some people are handicapped with physical or mental disabilities. Some lack confidence or the ability to stay organized so they can do their best work.
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.