Robert Schuller tells the story of how the mirrored reception hall in the old Shah's Palace in Tehran, Iran, came into being. The architect originally planned to construct a hall of mirrors like the one in the French palace at Versailles. The huge mirrors had to be specially made and shipped. When the mirrors arrived, the architect insisted on uncrating all the mirrors personally, as they could not be replaced and he did not want to risk breaking them by turning them over to his work crew to uncrate.
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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.