Shelby Foote is a southern novelist and historian who recently has attracted a great deal of popular attention as the chief commentator in the Public Broadcasting System's monumental series, The Civil War. He recently said that he doesn't understand what the fuss is all about. In his mid-70s, he doesn't see much reason why he should suddenly be a media celebrity. Something in his quiet style and slow easy manner with a story caught the public's attention. He says that it has been more of an annoyance than anything, but the notoriety has at least sold a great many of his books.
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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.