from the pastor

Weddings are great fun. But behind them, you are quick to find that there’s a lot of planning to make them that way.

There’s the bride’s dress, the groom’s tux that needs to be coordinated with the bridesmaid’s dresses. Then there are flowers to choose, and the location for both the wedding ceremony and the reception. How many guests do you invite? What will the invitations look like? Who will come to the reception? Do you go with a DJ or a band? And what about a photographer or videographer? Whew!

Oh, I almost forgot the preacher! A lot of planning goes into a wedding!

The first miracle Jesus performed was done at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. In spite of all the planning for the wedding, somehow the wine ran right in the middle of the celebration. If you can imagine a plan for certain disaster and embarrassment, that was it.

Jesus’ mother came to Jesus, told him what was happening, and well - a miracle occurred. Without anyone knowing, Jesus told the steward to fill six large purification jars with water. These were not small jars, but each held about 20 - 30 gallons.

“Dip some out and take it to the chief steward,” Jesus instructed. Miraculously, the water was changed into wine, and not just ordinary wine, but the very best.

That’s the way it is with God’s grace for us. Just when you think that everything has run out and there isn’t anything left, the best is yet to come. Today, we remember this wonderful story about a wedding in Cana of Galilee.

--Pastor Bob