On October 23, 1958, an explosion rocked mine number three at Springhill, Nova Scotia. 174 men were trapped 13,000 feet under the earth. One group of seven men was trapped for nine days. Among that group was an African-Canadian man, Maurice Ruddick. Ruddick loved to sing, especially hymns. In that underground tomb, in total darkness, Maurice sang and prayed. As the days slowly passed, the lights on the miners' helmets dimmed and finally went out, leaving the men in unimaginable darkness. Their water and food supply, though carefully rationed, slowly diminished. Still Ruddick sang.
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.