Pause

Sit.

Relax.

Be still.

Let the day wait.

Now is the time to listen with intention to God.

What do you hear?

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Listen

The headwaiter called the groom and said, “Everyone serves the good wine first. They bring out the second-rate wine only when the guests are drinking freely. You kept the good wine until now.” This was the first miraculous sign that Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

John 2:9b-11

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Think

How bewildering! Why would anyone save the best wine for last? Nobody is going to notice it. How can there be any prestige in serving the inferior wine first? And yet, here is this sweet, delicious wine that is the best wine the head waiter had ever tasted.

Jesus performed his first miracle in Cana of Galilee. It was not showy. It did not upstage the wedding being celebrated. It was a “simple,” hidden miracle of transformation. His disciples saw his glory. They believed and were transformed.

What about me?

Do I think God has done everything that is to be done with me? Could I be turned into good wine that is better than I have ever been? Are the tough times stretching my soul into a vessel that can receive the new gifts God has in mind to give me? Can I be transformed to the glory of God? Are there dormant gifts in me that Jesus will use to cause people to say, “You have kept the good wine until now”?

Deborah Guy

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Pray

Dear Jesus, thank you for not holding back your goodness! Help me not to hold back with the gifts you’ve given me. Keep working in me, transforming me for your glory. Amen.

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Go

Go into the world being the distribution point of all the gifts God has given you, so that the world may know God’s glory and believe.

Deborah Hurd Guy

Deborah Guy lives in Georgia with her cat Midnight. She is an Episcopalian and a writer. Her current book project combines research into the academic literature on poverty and the experiences of the poor in hopes of stripping away the middle class overlay of values and experiences that may blind those who want to help to the practical ways those living in poverty may actually want and need to be helped.

Wondrous Love: O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

Mark Hayes

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