The widow of Zarephath seemed to have so little to offer to the work of God, but God somehow took what she had and used it abundantly. Corrie Ten Boom wrote that when she was in Russia she went to visit a woman who was well-known among Christians for devoting her life to translating the writings of great Christians into the language of the people. When Corrie arrived at this lady's small apartment, she found the woman lying on a small sofa, propped up by pillows, her body gnarled and deformed with multiple sclerosis. All the fingers on her hands were drawn except for one index finger.
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.