In the film, Saving Private Ryan, the entire movie is framed by the context of a veteran who takes his family with him to visit the cemetery above Omaha Beach. He approaches a certain grave, sinks to his knees, and focuses on the name with his memories taking him back to the terrible realities of that day and time. It is only at the end of the film when the young man, the Private Ryan of the title, is challenged by a dying captain portrayed by Tom Hanks to "earn it," that the real meaning of the visit is made clear.
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.