Sixteen-year-old Robyn Stevens decided to give her father, Arthur, a flashlight for Christmas. It was an ordinary model, just a simple three-cell flashlight. She thought her father might like it, especially since it was waterproof and he spent a lot of time as a member of a tugboat crew in Hancock, Maine. Shortly thereafter in January, the tugboat Harkness was caught in a storm about 25 miles out to sea. The stern started taking on water when the bilge pump froze, and the captain began radioing the Coast Guard station at Southwest Harbor, "Mayday!
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.