(P, C) After he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln took a boat to Richmond. When he got off the boat, several black people recognized him and began clapping and singing. One of them ran up to Lincoln, knelt before him, and started to kiss his shoes. Lincoln forcibly restrained him and said, "Get off your knees; you must bow only to God."
Peter would not let Cornelius worship him. He would minister to Cornelius man to man, sinner to sinner. He would meet him where he was and walk with him to where God would lead both of them.
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.