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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 12, 2018

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FRIDAY, January 12

John 2:3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”

Of all the Episcopal churches in all the world, he walks into mine. I hadn’t seen Glenn Busch in decades. As a teenager, I had borrowed the Bible he received at his ordination for a youth group activity, and I accidentally tore a page. Forty years later, he was the guest pastor at my church. Retired after many years pastoring a church in North Carolina, Pastor Busch preached on the assigned gospel lesson: John 2:1-11: Jesus turning water into wine.

Pastor Busch told the congregation about my tearing his Bible. Then we all got goose bumps: the tear, he revealed, was through the verses of John 2:1-11. Forty years of separate paths had somehow reunited us at these same words. I knew why.

Pastor Busch had carefully repaired those torn words with tape, just as God’s love heals my own torn places. In this moment, I saw how Jesus had turned the water of my life into wine, transforming hole-ness into wholeness. God was telling me, “I’m always here.” God always is. We’re all torn. God’s tape is everywhere.

MOVING FORWARD: Share a story of reunion or repair with your friends or family—and with us at #ForwardDayByDay.

PRAY for the Anglican Church of Australia

Today the Church remembers Aelred, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167.

Ps 16, 17 * 22 | Genesis 6:1-8 | Hebrews 3:12-19 | John 2:1-12



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