During the Civil War, two brothers had fought long and hard, one on the Union side and the other on the Confederate side. They hadn't seen each other in years. Upon returning home, the one brother who had served with the Confederacy was taken captive by a local militia who intended to shoot him. "Before you do," said the Union brother, "read the Lord's Prayer aloud to him." The men in the militia agreed, and when they came to the part that said, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us," they no longer had the heart to kill.
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.