In the historical novel, Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful, Alan Paton told the true story of a white, South African judge named Jan Christian Oliver. A black pastor invited him to attend his church on Maundy Thursday. Given the reality of apartheid, the judge risked his career in going. Nevertheless, wanting to be a good man, he went. He learned upon his arrival that the service was to be one of foot washing. They urged his participation. He was summoned forward to wash the feet of a woman named Martha Fortuin, who as it happened had been a servant in his own house for over thirty years.
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.