Never underestimate the importance of a body willing to sacrifice itself for others. After the Allied invasion of Juno Beach in 1944, troops had crossed the seawall and entered villages or crossed fields, but a Canadian platoon was stymied by a barbed wire defense. The explosive devise that was supposed to blow a hole in the barbed wire failed to work. One soldier threw himself on the wire, so that the others could cross over on top of his back. He offered his body as a bridge that provided safe passage through a dangerous obstacle, so that they would continue with their mission.
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.