When the Spirit inhabits our hearts, our lives change. William Penn had such an experience. He had the practice of wearing a sword, to indicate his family's martial tradition. But in time he came under the influence of the Pennsylvania Quakers, who espoused nonviolence. In time, he came to wonder whether wearing a sword, even ceremoniously, was appropriate.
Penn sought out George Fox, the founder of the Quakers, and asked his advice. Fox said, "Wear thy sword as long as thou canst." A few weeks later when Fox met Penn, he asked him with a smile, "Where is thy sword?"
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.