Friday December 29 2017

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Scripture: John 2:1-11

Key verses: (9-11) When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Reflection: Jesus himself lived a joyful life. You can see signs of that in the gospels in terms of his clever parables and his funny stories.  His very first miracle was at a party, a wedding party. Jesus turned water into wine when all the wine had run out. I have read this a thousand times and assumed the party keeps on going with abundant joy.

But I have been to my fair share of weddings. I cannot imagine if the wedding lasted for more than a few days. Yes, there is great joy and an abundance of love. Right under the surface, you can also find selfishness and some old family wounds. At some weddings, it isn’t even below the surface.  Everything gets judged and the passive-aggressive work the crowd. I wonder if weddings need a few more days. I wonder if this wedding party in Cana needed a few more days to figure out a new way of being together. I wonder if it takes a few days to become vulnerable enough to experience the true community that can be found at a wedding or the love that runs deep.

Why do we make it so hard? Life, that is. Maybe it is as easy as embracing love. Admitting a need for one another. Celebrating each other. Being kind.

We are a few days removed from Christmas and the whole nativity makes no sense unless we embrace this new decision from God about the world.  Today in 2017, God entered the darkness and brought light. There was fear and God brought joy. Joy for you and for me. Let’s not make it harder than it is.

Prayer: God, break into this in-between time with your peace and joy. Break up our old habits and transform us through the good news of Christ. Amen.

Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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