Glenn Miller wrote many beautiful pieces of music during the Second World War. One of these pieces is "A String of Pearls." In the movie, The Glenn Miller Story, his wife clutches the beautiful pearl necklace given to her by her husband as she listens to the music he has composed to celebrate this gift. Some say that most women would love to own a genuine set of real pearls. They hardly think that what they desire is a series of abnormal growths almost like an aquatic version of a cancer, but that is sort of what a pearl is.
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.