The power of life over death is central to the Christian narrative. Clara Hale made her living taking in other people's children when at the age of 62 she decided to stop. Only then her own daughter brought her an addict baby and inside two months she had 22 babies living in her five-room apartment. Then, in 1973, at the age of 68, she opened Hale house, a Harlem brownstone at 145 West 122nd Street meant to provide a life-giving environment for babies of young drug-addicted mothers. The home took in nearly 1,000 infants.
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.