William Barclay gave radio talks about Jesus' miracles. Barclay presented the miracles as symbols of what Jesus can do today. Telling how Jesus stilled a storm on Lake Galilee, Barclay said that in any storm of life, Christ gives confidence and calm. He stills the storms in the hearts of men. A radio interviewer asked Barclay how he came to see the miracles in this way. Barclay explained that years before, his 21-year-old daughter drowned in a yachting accident at sea. Barclay said that God did not stop that accident, but he did still the storm in Barclay's heart.
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.