Verse 27 states, "... you, too, will speak about me, because you have been with me from the very beginning" (TEV). Fortunately, we do not have to have been one of the original disciples to feel that Christ is with us. I think of John Paton, who was a missionary to the New Hebrides. When he had been there only three months, his wife died. He had to dig her grave with his own bare hands as the hostile natives watched. Later Paton said, "If it had not been for Christ and the friendship that he vouchsafed for me, I should have gone mad and died beside that lonely grave." -- Richardson
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.