Thomas Cook is a name that is unknown to most of us; but we each live with his innovative and entrepreneurial idea, if not monthly then surely yearly. With the second Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s, a new class of individuals was established -- the middle class. They were not the owners of corporations nor were they the common laborers, but they consisted of the middle management that was required to keep the operations going and tend to the accompanying paperwork. They also became the class of people who had disposable income.
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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.