Devotion for the Third Sunday in January 
“For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” (Isaiah 62:5)
            When the prophet proclaims the coming time when the exiles will be gathered back into one nation, he uses the image of a wedding.
            When Jesus speaks about the coming Kingdom of God, he uses the image of a wedding.
            When Revelation speaks about the New Jerusalem that will ultimately come upon the earth, it uses the image of a wedding.
            Is it any wonder then that the first miracle of Jesus that the Gospel of John describes happens at a wedding? And what a miracle it was! Whenever we speak about how Jesus turned water into wine, we usually overlook how much was changed: 120 to 180 gallons of water were changed to wine!
            Jesus performs this miracle at a wedding in order to emphasize that the Kingdom of God had come with his presence. And that coming was a time of celebration!
            As we hear the miracle once again this Sunday, let us rejoice and celebrate the Kingdom of God that has come upon us. Let us live into the vision of God’s Reign with a lightness in our steps, a smile upon our lips, and arms that are open and embracing.
            And as we hear this miracle on the same Sunday that we remember Martin Luther King, Jr., let us find that Kingdom of God in the dream that Dr. King proclaimed over 55 years ago: a dream in which we live into an equality of all races and all peoples, a dream in which justice will flow down like a river and righteousness like an ever-living stream.
            It is time to celebrate! It is time to rejoice! God’s Kingdom comes anew to us now and forevermore!
God, when I am tempted to despair over the situation of the world, help me to see this world with your eyes of love and justice. Help me to welcome your kingdom and celebrate your kingdom like a bride on her wedding day! You have come! Amen!
In Christ,
Pastor David Armstrong-Reiner