When Paul started toward Damascus, he was a Jew by birth and faith. By the time he
arrived, he was a Jew by birth and nearly a Christian. On December 21, 1929, C. S.
Lewis -- upon reading John Bunyan's Grace Abounding -- realized that he was
no longer an atheist, but a (reluctant) believer in God. It took Lewis another step to
become a Christian, as it took Paul's needing the touch of Ananias to bring him to
baptism. Lewis read Christian books and talked with friends. Then on September 28,
1931, at age 32, Lewis rode to the zoo in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle. When he
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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.