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In this day of mobile phones, TXT messaging and email what fills you letter box? I’m guessing like ours, it’s filled with bills, junk mail and community papers. Every now and again though, an envelope turns up that is different. It’s addressed in gold calligraphy, has a real stamp on it, and upon opening you find an invitation to a wedding.

In John 2: 1-11 we read about a wedding took place at Canna in Galilee. Jesus and his mother Mary had been invited, along with the disciples. They were all there, enjoying the celebration and festivities.

When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.’ ‘Dear woman, why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My time has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants. ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each one holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water’, so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, ‘Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.’ They did so and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, ‘Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink, but you saved the best till now.’

The main things I’ve learnt from this passage over recent months is that this mother knew her son. She knew who he was and what he was capable of doing.

Do you know what Jesus is capable of doing for you, your family and friends if you ask? Are you willing, like Mary to take authority over a situation and claim the miraculous for your life? You never know what is possible until you ask.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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We all have a hunger to feel loved and accepted. One of the most popular verses in the Bible concerning love is taken from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. It is often quoted and spoken about as part of a wedding ceremony. It goes like this:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (NIV version)

Most of us would agree wholeheartedly, that these sentiments when read, are a list of characteristics we desire to live with. What’s written below is not my adaptation of these verses, but it does make me question the genuine expression of my love towards others.

I endure long and I am patient and kind, I am never envious, nor do I boil over with jealousy. I am not boastful or vainglorious and I do not display myself haughtily. I am not conceited, arrogant or inflated with pride; I am not rude and I do not act unbecomingly. The love of God in me does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for I am not self-seeking; I am not touchy, fretful or resentful. I take no account of the evil done to me and I pay no attention to a suffered wrong. I do not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but I rejoice when right and truth prevail. I bear up under anything and everything hat comes and I am ever ready to believe the best of every person. My hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and I endure everything without weakening.

I never fail because love never fails.

It could be suggested that behaving in this way is to cower down and be intimidated, displaying a sign of weakness. Personally, I feel it takes a person of great strength and integrity to stand tall and walk courageously like this.

I still have so much to learn and apply to my life.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

 

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