Kaye O'Bara, 72, of Miami, has sacrificed the last half of her life for someone she considers more important than herself. She has cared for her daughter, Edwarda, since January 3, 1970, when she slipped in a diabetic coma. For thirty years, 24 hours a day, every day, except for a dozen days or so after she had suffered a heart attack, the mother has drawn and checked Edwarda's blood sugar, cleaned her, cleared her lungs, and fed her through a tube. Someone once shot into the bedroom trying to kill Edwarda, now 46, thinking that that was proper.
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.