The story is told of a young soldier who fought with great passion for Emperor Napoleon. One day in the course of the battle he was shot in the chest. Although he was not killed the bullet lodged there and the surgeon had to probe very deeply to get it.
That was long before the days of anesthesia and the young soldier was fully conscious the whole time. The young man bore the pain with great courage. Finally he cried out, "Good doctor probe no deeper lest you slay our Emperor."
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.