The encounter with a transformed life is powerful to those who know a person well. Perhaps that is why the demoniac is asked to remain in his hometown. In his book, Four Trials, presidential candidate John Edwards tells the story of an expedition he and his late son, Wade, took to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. The trip was a birthday present. They departed the United States with his son having just returned from an Outward Bound camp. As they began the journey his son, Wade, was struggling with feet that were badly blistered and swollen from the Outward Bound experience.
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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.