Biographies and autobiographies are always fascinating to read. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the Gettysburg battle of the Civil War, The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara sketches the events of those dreadful four days by telling the stories of the major military officers on both sides. His approach to the wider story by means of individual stories skillfully brings to life what is too often analyzed in terms of simple military strategies and schemes. The combat is not stripped of its personal dimension, and the opposing leaders are not reduced to one-dimensional figures.
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.