Jairus connected his daughter to Jesus through his prayer, his petition, his intercession, his request to Jesus. To understand what Jairus had done, we can borrow a contemporary image used by Olavi Kaukola in his book The Riches of Prayer, where he describes prayer as being like a seat belt with which we fasten our loved ones to God. Here is another striking image which may help us understand the nature of what Jairus and Jesus have done in this exchange: "Prayer is like a telegram sent to God. When it has been sent, it goes ahead even though the sender does nothing.
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.