Sunday, July 17, 2016

"He Keeps the Joy Going"


Six stone jars
stood tall like soldiers
for ceremonial cleansing
of the outer man.

It was the third day
of wedding jubilation
at Cana in the Galilee,
and the last drop
of the wine of joy
had been poured.

Guests would soon
have begun wandering off
with parched tongues
and clipped gladness,
had not Miriam perceived
that her Son could save the day,
could keep the grape flowing,
could keep the joy going.

He told the servants
to fill the vessels
with water
and draw a cupful
for the master of the banquet.

Upon sampling,
the delighted master
proclaimed to the bridegroom,
“The choicest wine
has been saved until last!”
They clinked their goblets.
Celebration resumed.

He who came
to heal the sick,
raise the dead,
set the captives free,
gave New purpose
to stone jars of the Old,
a mere foretaste
of a Covenant
with gladness.

Maude Carolan

[1] This is a quotation by Jonathan Cahn, pastor of Beth Israel Messianic Center, then located in Garfield, NJ, during his message about the wedding at Cana, from the Gospel of John, chapter two. Beth Israel is now located in Wayne, NJ.

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