Unfortunately my mother's father died several years before I was born. From the stories told about him, he would have been a fascinating man to know. His grandparents, born in Prussia, had emigrated to the United States in 1848. The trip from Bremen to New Orleans took nine weeks and three days. Like many immigrants to the United States, Fred and Catherine had hopes of a better life here for their family. They traveled up the Mississippi River to St. Louis and then on to Beardstown, Illinois, where they settled on a farm near some relatives.
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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.