One of the great missionaries of our century was E. Stanley Jones. For over 40 years he devoted his life as a missionary in India. Dr. Jones tells of how after eight years of working in India he began to suffer from exhaustion which caused him to collapse. Finally he was ordered to take a year's furlough. On the ship bound for America he was asked to preach. In the midst of the sermon he collapsed. The ship's doctor put him to bed. After his furlough he started back to India but stopped in Manila to preach at the university. During these meetings he collapsed several times.
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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.