James A. Whittaker, first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest, highest mountain in the world, wrote in National Geographic: "I like the peace of high places. In the stillness, your pack frame creaks, and the snow complains beneath your feet. No one talks much; you're working too hard. Sometimes an icefall breaks away from a rock cliff and rumbles and roars down the pitch. The mountaineer is in his element at such times, and part of it is the realization that danger lurks everywhere, that you have put your life on the line. "I went to Mount Everest because of the challenge.
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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.