Many years ago, an Englishman named Mallory organized an expedition to climb Mount Everest. The attempt failed. In the third attempt, Mallory and most of his party were killed in an avalanche. When the few survivors got back to England, friends invited them to a banquet to honor Mallory and the others who died. One of the survivors stood up and faced the huge picture of Mount Everest that loomed behind the banquet table. He said: "I speak to you, Mount Everest, in the name of all living, brave people and those yet unborn.
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.