As far as I can tell, Jesus only attended one wedding according to scripture. He did however have quite an impact on the festivities changing water into wine upon the request of his mother. Nothing he initiated, but something he did to prove several points.
One, you should always listen to your mother, even if her request of you may be a bit unusual. Two, when you think you are: A. Out of what you need, B. Too far gone to make change, C. In need of a miracle, or D. Thirsty for the best life has to offer, there is only one person who can truly and literally change your water into wine, even if he is reluctant to do so.
How many of us on our wedding day thought that person we were looking at would be THE one to make our dreams come true? When you really think that one through, that is way too much pressure to put on another human being. Maybe help us find our dreams, but never another human being who can come close to accomplishing what Jesus did.
Which is kind of my point, why would we ever expect that other folks could fill that void we have to be in relationship with God? There are many times in our lives when we come to the rescue of someone or become an encourager, but we can never replace the presence of the Lord for someone. When a miracle is needed, we come up very short of a solution that is anything but permanent. The water to wine maker is the only who can alter a situation that looks impossible with the touch of his mighty hand.
So on this day of my youngest daughter's wedding, I'd like to make you an offer you can't refuse (my Italian heritage coming out, if you remember the scene from The Godfather), cut your partner, your family and friends some slack as to what you expect from them, it makes life a whole lot easier to live. Be forgiving not demanding. Expect good, but when it doesn't happen, there is someone who can step in the gap to make wine out of that murky water.
We know that for sure, but we also know he listened to his mother, which is another good point!
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Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.