"Now Thank We All Our God" has long been a standard hymn for Thanksgiving. It was written during the Thirty Years' War in Germany in the early 1600s. Its author, Martin Rinkart, was a Lutheran pastor in the town of Eilenburg in Saxony. Because Eilenburg was a walled city, it was a safe haven for refugees seeking safety from the fighting. Before long, the city became too crowded and food was in short supply. Then a famine hit and a terrible plague followed. Eilenburg became a giant morgue. In one year Pastor Rinkart conducted 4,500 funerals, including that of his own wife.
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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.