In her poem "I Shall Not Pass This Way Again," Eva Rose York describes the beautiful sights and sounds of nature that should be relished in the fleeting moment that one can experience them. She determines to praise the name of God from whose hand such wondrous beauty comes. Then, she turns her resolve to the people around her. Not wanting any opportunity to be lost, she says: I shall not pass this way again; Then let me now relieve some pain, Remove some barrier from the road, Or brighten someone's heavy load; A helping hand to this one lend,
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.