Nobody knows for certain exactly what the Apostle Paul's "thorn in the flesh" actually was, although exegetes tend to believe it was an affliction in the eyes. Such an affliction actually proved advantageous to a devout Quaker gentleman. John Dalton, a British chemist known for his having originated modern atomic theory, shunned the honors that the scientific world attempted to bestow upon him. He refused to be presented to the king on the grounds that, as a Quaker, he could not wear the elaborate court dress which etiquette then demanded.
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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.