TURN water into wine
I’m not at a wedding. In fact, this feels more like a divorce. Every time I think about the way you betrayed me, my heart breaks a little more.
I trusted you. I confided in you. I told you my deepest secrets and you turned around and carelessly scattered them. Like a flower girl’s rose petals? No, there’s no wedding here. No possibility of reconciliation.
A confidante tells me that God binds up the brokenhearted. Restores relationships. She says our friendship will survive — be made stronger. Maybe even be purified. It’s too painful to think about trusting you again, but something within me sparks at this idea. Disappointment turned to something holy. Water into wine.
No, this is no wedding, but that’s where Jesus was when he blessed those six jugs of plain old H2O and made them something more befitting the occasion. Jesus saw possibility where others saw only limitation. He saw hope where all seemed lost.
I think of the Christ-spirit that turned the water to wine, the impossible into the sacred. This feels impossible. Forgiveness, trust, love — these feel utterly impossible to my broken, wretched heart.
But I try. Christ impels me to try. Christ empties my heart of disappointments and tenderly fills it with something miraculous. Something unexpected. Something worth celebrating.
No, it doesn’t happen overnight. The redemption, the purification, the utter transformation of this relationship actually takes years. But when I run into your arms with a heart set free from all that hurt, I imagine I hear music. We may not be at a wedding, but this reunion feels blessed. It must be. Christ still turns the water into wine.
Jenny Sawyer, October 2012
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