If you find the poem suggested in the commentary too violent, here is an alternative:
Prose: A nighttime bandit, known as the Highwayman, was in love with an inn-keeper's daughter, whose name was Bess. In the still of the night and under the cover of darkness, the Highwayman would rendezvous with Bess through an elaborate system of signals. Bess was known to nervously twist her hair in the presence of her gentleman admirer.
Poem: The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees. The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon the cloudy seas.
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.