During Mohammed Ali's later boxing matches, he adopted a strategy which was called "rope-a-dope." At certain times in the fight, he would lie back on the ropes, and put up his arms tight against his face and his body. His opponent was then free to hammer away on him. But seldom did his opponent's punches get through Ali's arms and hands to do any real damage. The strategy was simple: Ali was certain he was strong enough to absorb his opponent's blows and that the opponent would eventually wear himself out striking at him.
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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.