Mr. Gar Wood was a genius inventor with many talents and racing speed boats was one of them. He built a series of sleek boats, one each year, christening them Miss America and adding a Roman numeral from I to X to identify its sequence-year. When his Miss America X raced against Sir Kay Don of England, the race was on the Saint Clair River along the edge of Marine City, Michigan, which was my home town. It was 1933 or '34. Thousands of people came from the Detroit area as well as many other places.
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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.