The world mourned when Diana Princess of Wales was killed on August 30, 1997. It was only as I watched the memorial tributes of Diana's life on television and read about her life in the newspapers that I realized how truly humble Diana was. She did not allow herself to hide behind her royal title, but used it instead as a springboard to help others. During the days before her funeral, picture after picture was shown of Diana as she reached out to touch the poor, the sick, the outcast, and the dying people around the world. One picture in particular stands out in my mind.
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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.