Isaiah 63:7 speaks of recounting the gracious deeds of the Lord. Never is the need for that more important than during hard times.
Senator John McCain tells of Christmas Eve, 1971, when he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. In previous years, there had been Christmas services for the prisoners, but they had been mere stage shows, orchestrated by the Vietnamese for propaganda purposes. But for Christmas in 1971, the prisoners had finally received permission to hold their own services. McCain had been designated chaplain by the senior P.O.W. officer.
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.