Believe in Christ

01-20By Michele McGrath of Mission Viejo, California, USA

Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

—John 2:11

I officiated at the wedding of a friend. On the day of the wedding, the agenda was predictably chaotic: Groomsmen donned cummerbunds upside down, stockings snagged, and despite a successful rehearsal, the correct lineup for the wedding party became impossibly confusing. At least a quarter of the guests lost their way to the reception. If there had been wine at this wedding, it’s possible the wine would have run out.

But there was no wine because the bride, groom, and several of their closest friends were recovering alcoholics. I remember sitting at the reception, watching the alternating seriousness and silliness that occurs on every wedding reception dance floor and realizing how this new family had beat the odds.

The bride and groom had found sobriety where there once was drunkenness, had found healing where there once was brokenness, had found community where there once was loneliness. They found love and family where there once was pain and separation.

As I watched the smiling newlyweds dancing forehead to forehead, I suddenly was overwhelmed by the revelation of God’s incredibly generous love in that moment, in this couple, right before my eyes.

John’s gospel tells the story of a wedding at Cana where Jesus worked his first sign: turning water into wine, which was running short for the celebration. For those disciples with eyes to see, Jesus revealed God’s glory in his actions.

Are your eyes open to how God reveals love and generosity through the life of Christ? Believe.

Prayer for Peace
Ever-present God, we will not fear brokenness or separation. We have faith in Christ whose yoke is easy, who responds to our needs, whose peace we share.

Spiritual Practice: Table Ministry
Imagine or write a journal description of a banquet for your congregation and community. Envision rich sharing among diverse groups as people plan, cook, eat, share stories, sing, or pray together. Prayerfully consider this question: “Is there a way for me to transform this vision into a real event?” What does the table ministry of Jesus look like in your personal and congregational life?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will look for the sacred in the mundane, the holy in the everyday

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