There are two types of saints. One reaches the heights of living only with difficulty; always fending off temptations, they fight a long struggle in order to win their souls. The other seems to be saints quite naturally and are like the lines from Wordsworth: "Glad hearts! Without reproach or blot, Who do thy work, and know it not."
Such was Jonathan who walked, though briefly, across life's stage, with no sign or strain, and his peers saw how lovely human character at its best can be. -- Macleod
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.