During the Black Hawk Indian War, Abraham Lincoln fought as a captain. One day he was marching part of his company across a field, and they were coming to a gate through which they would have to pass. Lincoln said later, "I could not for the life of me remember the proper word of command for getting my company endwise. Finally, as we came near, I shouted, 'This company is dismissed for two minutes, when it will fall in again on the other side of that gate!' " As President, Lincoln liked to tell that story about himself. We like to call that office the most powerful in the free world.
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.