A tribal court in Alaska had to decide how to punish two boys who had attacked a 25-year-old man, leaving him with permanent damage to his hearing and eyesight. The punishment that the tribal elders came up with was to banish each boy to a separate remote island for at least twelve months. The father of the victim said to the two boys: "We do not hate you. We love you." And so the tribal court gave them that sentence, hoping that it might make the youths aware of how serious their crime was.
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.