Wheat and tares, good and bad, lovable and unlovable, are all to grow and stay together.
On December 20, 1982, Arthur Rubenstein died in Geneva at age 95. A musical prodigy, he played the piano at age three, enrolled in the Warsaw Conservatory at age eight, and made his European debut in Berlin at age thirteen. During WWI, he used his fluency in eight languages to work as a military interpreter in London. After the war, he achieved international acclaim for masterfully interpreting such great composers as Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel, and Chopin.
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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.