Joy

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.

Who says God has to be so serious all the time? That God can't have some fun, go on a lark, crack a good one? That God has to talk in King James or Latin, issue decrees carved in stone, and keep on frowning? Who says God can't evolve a platypus instead of a woodchuck, or a flightless bird just as a joke? Or give you a gorgeous sunset just to see the expression on your face? Or invent laughter? Or remove a tumor without a trace just for the heck of it? Who says God's passion is reasonable and not unrestrained celebration?

Even ponderous old John with his heavy-handed Gospel can't miss the light: Jesus' first miracle was a party trick. Pure fun. Wine from water. And really good stuff, too. And at a wedding, no less. It's a parable of covenant faithfulness, and love, and an ironic reverse-foreshadowing of the Last Supper. It's a parable of abundance and beauty and mystery and needless splendor. It's about life, and about blessing, and about joy—way too much and too good, way more and better than we need. Ridiculous. Over the top.

God's love isn't sensible. It's flagrant, overzealous, overgenerous, prodigal, out of bounds. It's dancing on the table. Dancing in the streets. Dancing on our own graves. God's will, decreed from the mighty throne on high, surrounded by dark clouds and glowering angels, is the joy of life—unexpected blessing, deep joy, wild delight, wine at a wedding—your wedding to God—the best wine imaginable. Just for fun. Why not?

Raise a glass! Drink deep.

Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve ______________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

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