A woman from Paris, who was poor and blind, one day put 27 francs into the offering plate. "But you cannot afford so much." said her friend. "Yes, I can," she answered. When pressed to explain, she said, "I am blind. So I asked my fellow straw- workers how much they spent in a year for their oil lamps when it's too dark to work. They told me, 27 francs. So I found out that I save so much in a year, because I am blind and do not need a lamp to work. I give it to shed light to the dark lands." -- Keller
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.