Once a week, Elliot wrote aletter to the granddaughter he had helped raise, a granddaughter who was now attending Stanford. It was not the easiest thing to do, for there was nothing much about which to write. He wrote about the weather. He wrote about how the tree, under which she used to have her tea parties, had died and had to be cut down. He wrote about some designs he had thought of for the porch swing he had promised to make for her when she had a house of her own. He wrote about their neighbor, Mrs.
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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.