J. Hudson Taylor tells this story about his missionary work in China. "While we were at
Hang-Chow, my child -- she was only eight years of age -- for the first time saw a man
making an idol. The sight grieved her to the heart. She looked up into my face, and said,
'Oh, Papa, that man does not know Jesus! Could you go and tell him about Jesus? He
would never make an idol if he knew Jesus; go and tell him about Jesus.' "
Taylor went on to tell that he told the idol maker the story of God's great love in the gift
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.