Li prayed for wisdom, revelation, and patience. He was a prisoner for being a Christian. He and another man, Kim, were assigned to clean out the sewer pit that ran under the enormous prison compound. Daily in the raw sewage they prayed, discussed texts they remembered, and encouraged each other. Kim was released after seven years and Li felt lonely. But he remembered Kim's promise that he would pray for Li without ceasing until God would give Li freedom. Li continued to work in the pit by himself, trying to remember songs and texts, praying for strength.
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.