Michael Kirwan, a 52-year-old Washington, D.C., man, has given his life to befriending and helping the destitute. In 1978, while a graduate student at George Washington University, he allowed a street beggar to stay in his dormitory room for some thirty days. Since then, he has fetched food and medicine for the despised and destitute, taken them on errands, or sometimes just befriended them. He will not insure his own health, because the poor, whom he helps, do not have such insurance, and he would rather use the funds to help them.
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.