Horace Greeley was the newspaper editor famous for saying, "Go west, young man." He was also famous for his friendship with the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher. Once, the two were on their way to lunch together when a child approached Greeley. The child might have heard that Greeley was always a soft touch for anyone asking for a handout or a loan. The child was begging. It might have been a bad day for the editor because he scowled at the boy and snapped, "Don't you know it's shameful to beg?" But he said it as he roughly shoved a bill into the boy's hand.
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.