Sometimes it is doing a massivething to "stand firm and hold to the traditions." During a time of change and upheaval or disorientation and confusion, it may seem a small, insignificant act, but often it can be our salvation and the salvation of others.
In Elie Wiesel's Night he writes of his experiences in a concentration camp and how, given immense fatigue, his body wanted sleep, but how sleep for many there was transmuted into death. A small, but massive thing was to stay awake and stand firm in the resolve to survive:
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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.