In Sweden there was a millionaire real estate dealer who died in 1996. Apparently he did not have any family or friends who were close to him. At the millionaire's funeral only one man came to the church, and that man did not even know the deceased. He was just a stranger who happened to be passing through. But he remembered the dead man in prayer, and signed the guest book. For that act, that stranger inherited the entire million dollar estate. That was because the man's will stated that he wanted all of his money to go to whomever would remember him when he died.
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.