Larry Dossey, M.D., has written a bestseller called Healing Words: The Power of
Prayer and the Practice of Medicine (HarperSanFrancisco, 1995). In it, he tells the
story of a patient of his, a man of faith, who was dying of lung cancer. The day before his
death, the doctor sat at the man's bedside, and asked him what he usually prayed for.
"I don't pray for anything," the patient responded. "How would I know what to ask for?"
This surprised the doctor -- who thought that, of all people, a dying patient would know
what to ask for.
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.