Thousands have read the writings of Arthur Gordon. At one point in his life Gordon lost his business and all his money. He got roaring drunk and decided to commit suicide by swimming out into the ocean beyond the point where he could return.
As he walked along the beach preparing himself to plunge into the water he noticed a tiny shell gleaming on the sand. Bending down he picked it up and gently turned it over and over admiring its delicate beauty. As he looked at the shell he thought of how such a fragile thing could survive the pounding of tons of churning water.
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.