During 1992 at least 11 people perished while attempting to climb the slopes of Mount McKinley in Alaska. Since 1932, more than 75 people have died on that mountain. Winds atop Mount McKinley gust up to 200 m.p.h. Storms can dump shoulder-deep snow in a few hours. And wind chill factors fall to levels found in Antarctica. Professional climbers comment that many of the recent deaths have been due to climbers underestimating the difficulty of the mountain. They fail to consider the cost that is involved in making the climb.
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.