I give you thanks for the water turned to wine,
For the miracle that allows the party to continue,
For Jesus’ first sign
Which is not a disease healed, not a prejudice corrected, not an authority challenged
–he will get there—You will get there—
But first it is the wine
First it is sympathy for the hosts,
deference to your mother,
consideration of your friends,
And maybe, partly, your own desire
For a glass of the good stuff,
For the music and laughter to continue awhile longer,
For the warm glow of a good party.
God, I feel, sometimes, the burden
Of needing to ask for and participating in the BIG miracles–
The transformations of lives and systems–
Which we so desperately need.
I feel, sometimes, a guilt
in asking for smaller things, personal favors,
for moments of ease or lightness or joy that seem frivolous at best.
And yet, here you are,
In the beginning
Giving us wine and laughter and music,
A frivolous miracle that lifts the burden,
if only for a time.
So I give you thanks.
Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. You can find more of her writing at SpaciousFaith.com.
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