A recent newspaper article covered interviews with 25 people who had reached the age of 100. The columnist had hoped to discover exactly what behaviors predicted longevity, but could really find no consistent data. Some of the people interviewed recommended a vegetarian diet, others ate red meat almost every day; some drank coffee and ate desserts, others completely avoided caffeine and sugar in any form; some drank a moderate amount of alcohol, others were teetotalers; some even smoked cigarettes or a pipe, others had never smoked at all.
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.