Before the invention of steam and diesel engines, transoceanic commerce was conveyed in huge sailing ships. The sails were large, with hundreds of yards of ribbing securing them to the tall masts. The most dangerous job on board was that of climbing the rigging to adjust or repair the sails. The mortality rate amongst these sailors was high, especially when there was rough sea or high wind. Survival depended on maintaining a constant grasp of the ropes while climbing or working. It was common that these sailors tattooed these letters across their knuckles: H-O-L-D F-A-S-T.
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.