Journaling

Our pastor has recommended that we, his congregation, read this journal. I have been reading. It has been a good experience for me. There is a 60 second reflection period followed by reading out loud a short scripture, reading up to 3 times, and then a space to write out a prayer, responding to what we have read and there is a contemplation where we digest the words from God.

It’s been good. The readings seem to be random, Proverbs, psalms, Gospels, epistles, history like Kings Chronicles and Joshua.

Yesterday’s was from John chapter 2:1-11. Jesus turns the water into wine.

The verses that stood out to me were what Mary said, “do whatever he tells you”.

And how the servants respond.

6 stone water jars each holding 20 to 30 gallons, “so they filled them to the brim”.

When Jesus tells me to do something, do I do it? I’m going to say yes I do the majority of the time because my obedience only has to be 50.0000000000000000001% to be in the majority. But do I do it like these guys did, to the brim? My obedience could be better, and my whole hearted response, to the brim mentality could change.

But no matter how I respond, Jesus is the one who changes ordinary into extraordinary.

“and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. 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 have saved the best till now.”

John 2:9-10

The party that is my life frequently runs out of wine. Will I follow Jesus’ instructions and receive new wine? Filled to the brim?

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?