In his book, Flags of our Fathers, James Bradley told how General Holland M. (Howlin' Mad) Smith saw an unforgettable example of Marine valor when he surveyed the island of Tarawa after it was taken from the Japanese by American forces. Tarawa was one of the first American amphibious assault victories in the Pacific in World War II. Smith saw a Marine, leaning in death against a seawall, one arm still thrust upward. Just beyond his upraised hand, on top of the seawall, hung a blue-and-white flag, a beach marker to tell succeeding waves of troops where to land.
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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.