In her little book The True Adventure of Daniel Hall, Diane Stanley relates the story of Daniel Hall, whose brief career as a sailor resulted in virtual slavery. Amazingly, his father, William Hall, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, brought about his rescue from halfway around the world. On August 7, 1856, just days before his fifteenth birthday, Daniel, who had grown up dreaming of life on the sea, signed on to work on the whaling ship, Condor. He endured the captain's abuse for nearly two years before he escaped.
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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.