Image: “The Wedding Feast at Cana” in the Musee du Louvre, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!

How glorious is your lovingkindness,

that your Beloved Child should begin your marvelous work,

not with a display of power over nature

(that we might tremble),

or with a flashy revelation of divinity

(that we might be smug),

or even with providing blessed relief from pain or illness

(that we might be reminded of the fragility of these earthen vessels),

but with another kind of provision:

water– necessary, humble, life-giving–

turned to wine–sign of your abundance, hospitality, joy.

It’s not that we need it.

It’s not even that we desire it.

It’s that you desire it for us:

That we should know your abundance…

That we might dare to draw near to your table of hospitality…

That, unexpectedly, we might taste the sweetness of your love

and drink deep.

Glory! And Amen.

Rev. Patricia Raube is a Presbyterian pastor in the Southern Tier of New York. She blogs (sporadically) at A Swimmer in the Fount.

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