Miss Fairy Chism was a missionary sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene and she served in Swaziland from the time she was a young woman until her retirement. She was always a guest in our home when on furlough, and her stories rang with the joy of her work and the love she held for her Swazi. Swaziland remained a British Territory during all the years Miss Chism served there. When Queen Elizabeth II had ascended the British throne, here plans included travel to various territories including Swaziland. Fairy Chism filled up with anticipation which carried her "...
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.