Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Guess Who Came to the Wedding?

The next day Jesus' mother was a guest at a wedding celebration in
the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus and his disciples were also
invited to the celebration.
-- John 2:1-2 (NLT)

While we often fail to realize it, God is always present. He
joins us in our everyday lives and accompanies us on all of our daily
wanderings. He is with us every step of the way. Jesus reminds of
this truth in his ministry when goes to fancy events at important
times and also when he meets the most forgotten people in the most
out of the way places. John wants us to know that Jesus joins in the highs and lows of all of life to get us to the ultimate high: to
show us the glory of God and bring us home to our heavenly Father.
We shouldn't be surprised that Jesus and his disciples made an
appearance at a local wedding. Jesus enters all of life to enjoy it,
to bless it, to help us find God and to give us a little taste of
heaven's glory.

Father, please help me see your presence in the things that I do
this week. Give others a glimpse of your glory as I seek live the
Christian life before everyday people in my world. I boldly trust, O
God, that you are close by, even on those days when I cannot sense
your nearness. I believe, dear Father, but help my faith remain
strong. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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January 30, 2002

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one
another in love.
-- Ephesians 4:2

"You mean I have to put up with that!?" There are those folks
in life about whom the saying is true: "They are the grit out of
which we are to fashion our pearl." But our great example in this
challenge is Jesus. Think of what he had to put up with in his 12
disciples. Remember how transformational his patience and
gentleness with them was. Can we dare to do less?

Give me strength and patience, O God, that I may be as loving,
gentle and patient with others as Jesus was with people during his
earthly ministry and you have been with me. In the name of Jesus,
my Lord and hero I pray. Amen.