In his book, Night, Elie Wiesel tells the following story about an incident that took place in a German concentration camp during World War II. A young boy of 10 or 11 was suspected of sabotage by the S.S. The little boy along with the two men were tried and condemned to be hanged. The three were led up the gallows and the nooses placed around their necks. The whole camp was forced to watch. Suddenly the trap doors were sprung and the three bodies fell through. The men died instantly, but because the child was so light his neck was not broken and he slowly strangled to death.
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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.