A prayer at the wedding in Cana.

God. We read about miracles in the Bible. People healed. People fed. Water turned into wine. We want those kinds of miracles. Because people are sick. People are hungry. We’d just love to have a great celebration. We don’t see those miracles. Maybe we could help people out. Offer them courage. Offer them opportunities. Maybe […]

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“I lay my requests before God.”

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice. In the morning, I lay my requests before you, Lord, and wait in expectation.” We all have situations we care about that we cannot care for. Our hearts break as this friend shares about a family crisis and that friend shares about a personal struggle and […]

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Words that change stuff: wedding

Yesterday, I said that weddings have “oh no” and “ahh”” moments. In Cana, the “oh no” was clear. No more wine. The “ahh” moment was, well, there were two of them. The most obvious one was evident to everyone at the wedding reception. After a brief interruption, someone found “the good stuff”. As far as […]

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Not really your fault: lessons from a wedding.

Sometimes, you actually do the best that you can and you still run out. You run out of time. You run out of energy. You run out of ideas. You run out of wine. The last one is particularly bad when you have planned a wedding feast and all the guests are present. There’s a […]

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The helpful power of humble obedience

Jesus, the only person who never needed to repent, was baptized with John’s baptism. A baptism of repentance. As is true for all baptisms, Jesus humbled himself to the support of someone else. And the response to his obedience, to his humbling of himself, was the kind of thing many of us dream of. The […]

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