At the wedding feast at Cana, Jesus told the servants to fill six stone water jars, each of which could hold 100 liters, with water.  Once the jars were filled, Jesus said, “Take some water and give it to the one in charge of the feast.”  When the man drank some of the water, it tasted like wine.”

— from John 2:6-9

Notes for Contemplation as You Use this Devotional:

  • Jesus teaches throughout the Gospels that some things are not as they immediately appear.  For example, what appear to be miracles to some are really about how the Activity of God, Holy Spirit, works.
  • The Gospel by the Writer named John is the most mystical of the four main gospels.  Rather than taking the story of the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11) literally, think about how it shows Holy Spirit flowing in our lives.
  • Water, the essence of all life, has a unique flavor, depending on its source.  It also can adopt other flavors.  So, we can imagine that our lives, like water, acquire particular flavors.  

Contemplation Questions:

  • Think about your own life now, a year into the COVID-19 global pandemic, and ask yourself, noting whatever applies:
    • What in my life seems to be depleted or running dry?
    • What is dull and boring?
    • What lacks flavor?
      • Remember that flavor isn’t only about food.  It can include: our home or office décor; clothing; reading and viewing selections; relationships; news feeds and follows; our employment or retirement; and all aspects of our personal, creative expression.
    • What in my life is vibrant and growing, or at least developing flavors I enjoy?
  • In which areas of my life am I awaiting miracles but not acting?
    • List all which apply.
  • In which areas of my life am I pushing or forcing something to happen?
    • List all which apply.
  • Knowing that the Activity of God, Holy Spirit, is always working in my life, what steps can I take to align myself more with God so my life feels more satisfying and flavorful?
    • List at least three (3) steps.

Take as much time as you need to contemplate what is occurring in each aspect of your life now.  Continue working with this devotional as you make the gentle changes which help you feel more content and peaceful.

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