E-votional - The Look
September 24, 2001
Then "This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him."

John 2:11 (NRSV)


    The look in their eyes vary from person to person. Fear. Excitement. Anticipation. Hope. Doubt. Wholeness. Love. Peace. They say they will love the other for richer, for poorer, in good times and in bad. In sickness and in health, "till death do us part." These words, they speak them, they cry them. Some whisper, while others even just mouth them. They say they mean them. And give everything up for them.

    Hear the Good News, though when we give of ourselves, we lose something, more often than not we gain something in return. Jesus, feeling as though it was not quite his time, told his mother no. No, this party is not the place to use and do what I can do about the wine problem. But then, He went ahead and did it, he changed the water into wine. When a couple comes together, to give each to the other in marriage, it wonderful. It is full of smiles too. Sometimes in the nervousness of the moment, while the vows are being exchanged, they look at me, instead of the other. Flattered by the promises that are made, I understand that just because they say these things to me, they are meant for another. But in the end, an interesting thing takes place, they give it up. By it, I mean all. They give it all up. They trade freedom for rings and vows. They trade freedom for love. This happens not only in front of guest and family and God, but in and under the law as well. Then, not only is the freedom given away, but the others baggage is accepted as well. The shortcomings and flaws too. Why go through it all? Why? Well, I would say it can only be defines by "The Look" . The look of the groom as he see his bride for the first time in her gown. The look that takes place in the eyes of each other as they exchange their vows. The look that Jesus saw from the young couple in Cana. And here is the look as best as can be articulated: Together we are more complete in our faults than our most complete and confident moment alone. So Jesus did the thing to the water and this was the first of His miraculous sings, revealing His glory to all, maybe, probably because of a look, The Look.


    There they were, and you were there as well. Gracious Father, thank You for the blessing of love. Truly, love found is love cherished. Help me to be that love for another, as well as encounter this same love. I do believe You place place people in our lives and it is our task to recognize them. I thank You for the person You have put in my life and pray that my own children will find that special person as well. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for I ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.