When nine coal miners were trapped in Quecreek mine in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, for some 72 hours beginning July 24, 2002, many people prayed. Accounts of the disaster revealed that the nine miners prayed even as they feared their plight was hopeless. We are told that the families of the miners were called together to the Sipesville firehouse, where they prayed under the leadership and with the encouragement of local pastors. And news reports included the observation that millions across the country were praying for the miners, as often happens when tragedy is reported on the news.
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.