Symeon "Stylites" who died in A.D. 460 was the first of the so-called pillar saints. He had fled the world in order to devote himself to the monastic life. He lived with other monks for a while and then spent time in the desert alone. Finally, he reached the conclusion that he should isolate himself further from the world by living as a solitary figure on top of a pillar. The first pillar was only nine feet high. Later, he would live on top of a pillar no less than 54 feet high. He wished to be alone with God, far from the applause of the crowd.
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.