Illumination As morning wakes the slumbering shades of night, so memory revives the sleeping shades of friends still loved, though lost to mortal sight. I marvel at the miracle that fades dark night to dawn when morning flies abroad on wings of angels; marvel at the gifts that come with change, so gently wrought. I laud the God who gives us memories to lift the veil of death, as morning draws aside the veil of night. For friends we've loved live on in thought, their wisdom with us yet, to guide;
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.