The writer uses military images to describe the need for a Christian to be prepared for the enemy's assaults. Forewarned is forearmed. Someone should have forewarned the British fleet at the battle of Jutland, a sea contest fought in the North Atlantic in 1916. The British, used to winning sea battles, had prepared their warships with heavy side armor, but no real protection for the decks. The centuries-old, time-honored method of conflict at sea had been to fire into the sides of the enemy's fleet and try to sink it.
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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.