Of the many interesting facts of Naaman's story, surely not to be overlooked is the place of the Israelite woman who had been carried off after being captured in a raid on Israel. How she might have wished her captors nothing but misery. Instead she provided the information to help Naaman. Shakespeare wrote, "How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world (Merchant of Venice)."
Naaman was impressed by big things. He brought the equivalent of about $200,000. Some are only impressed by huge churches, large choirs, etc.
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.