Tuesday, January 18 – Reflections

Tuesday, January 18 – Reflections

John 2:23-25 Many individuals only see themselves through the eyes of other people. We construct our self-image in reaction to what others say to or about us. If we are wise, we learn early on that we cannot always trust other people’s assessments of us....

Tuesday, January 18 – Reflections

Monday, January 17 – Reflections

John 2:18-22 When studying their craft, actors learn not to break the “fourth wall” of a stage and speak directly to the audience. The same is usually true for a story’s narrator. We are comfortable with the third-person perspective when the narrator’s voice...

Tuesday, January 18 – Reflections

Sunday, January 16 – Reflections

John 2:13-17 A loan shark is an unlikely tenant for a church sanctuary, but Jesus found their ancient equivalent in the Temple. The money changers were predatory lenders who exchanged Roman coins bearing the idolatrous image of the Emperor for coins that were...

Tuesday, January 18 – Reflections

Saturday, January 15 – Reflections

Psalm 104:16-35 A Psalm for People Who Don’t Care for Nature God, our God, how great you are!God of all creation, gorgeous and glorious,You dress up the world in sunshine,open the clouds and pour out rain,push the wind around the worldas you hold the earth in...

Tuesday, January 18 – Reflections

Friday, January 14 – Reflections

Psalm 104:1-5 How long has it been since you looked up at clouds and saw pictures in them? Did you ever ask the friend who was staring at the sky with you something like, “Do you see that bird driving a car?” When we pay attention to the world around us, we see...

Tuesday, January 18 – Reflections

Thursday, January 13 – Reflections

John 2:11-12 The disciples have never seen anything like the wedding celebration in Cana. They have only been traveling with Jesus for a short time, but from the beginning he teaches them to keep their eyes open. “Come and see,” he invites them (1:30). “You...

Tuesday, January 18 – Reflections

Wednesday, January 12 – Reflections

John 2:8-10 Jesus eyes the jars used for religious rites and fills them with a new wine that surpasses all expectations. This is unheard of, says the steward to the bridegroom, who can hardly believe it himself. He had been anticipating the post-party trouble...

Tuesday, January 18 – Reflections

Tuesday, January 11 – Reflections

John 2:5-7 How long did the conversation between Jesus and Mary last? Surely longer than the time that it takes to read about it. When Jesus sees the concern on his mother’s face, he responds. When Mary finds an assurance in her son’s eyes, she knows he will...

Tuesday, January 18 – Reflections

Monday, January 10 – Reflections

John 2:3-4 As the oldest child of deaf parents, my mother grew up with a heightened sensitivity to the needs around her. Her uncanny intuition about who was hurting filled her life with a steady rhythm of compassionate outreach. Because she so often recognized...

Tuesday, January 18 – Reflections

Sunday, January 9 – Reflections

John 2:1-2 This week, John invites us to the wedding in Cana, and the celebration is already underway. After their last “I do,” newlyweds were not whisked away for a secluded honeymoon. They were paraded through the streets to their new home, where they...