The story is told of an English king who would call his knights together after every battle for his personal inspection. When the knights were assembled before him, the king commanded, "Show me your scars." The knights hastened to obey their king. One by one, each knight would remove his armor and stand before the king, revealing their battle scars. In each gathering, there would usually be one or two knights unscarred by battle. For these persons, the king had a further command: "Go get your scars!" The scars earned in battle were the only credentials that mattered.
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.