Stephen Pressfield's historical novel, Gates of Fire, tells the story of the Battle of Thermopylae through the eyes of Xeones. The Persians capture Xeones, who is the only survivor of the battle, and force him to tell the story. Xerxes wonders how the small band of Spartans was able to hold off his army for so long. Xeones tells the story of having escaped the assault on his home by the Argive army and then coming to Sparta. Once there, he joined their army and went through the rigors of their training.
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.