On January 12, 1828, an engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was caught with a number of other divers by a sudden onrush of water in a tunnel under the Thames River in London. Though up to his neck in water rising around him, he was finally able to work himself toward an exit, where he came upon a number of other men trying to climb the stairs. Since the stairs were crowded, he made his way toward an auxiliary exit, which he remembered. All of a sudden the water broke loose, completely flooding the tunnel.
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.