My daughter teaches in western Kenya in a small village near the border of Uganda. The village is without modern conveniences as we know them in America. The nearest electricity is 25 miles away. When asked how in the world one negotiates the darkness without a reliable flashlight or the electric skyline of a nearby city, she merely laughs at my naivete.
"It is not nearly as dark at night as you might imagine. In fact, you grow accustomed to it. The moon and stars provide just enough light to see what you need to see."
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.