Daily Dose, June 8 — Moments to Remember

Note: Today is Dr. Don’s final Daily Dose before his retirement at the end of June. This blog was his brainchild, and we hope it has been a blessing to you and inspired your time of meditation on the Scriptures. As we prepare for a new beginning, we’ve decided to suspend publishing these daily readings and take some time to consider the best ways we can support and encourage your faith journey going forward. Please pray for Dr. Don as he begins a new chapter in his life, and pray for the leadership of Alpharetta Methodist, our pastors and staff as they seek to discern God’s direction.

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”

And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Now standing there were 6 stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding 20 or 30 gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 

When the steward tasted the water that had become wine and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:1-11)

Taylor and Aaron are both married to wonderful young women, and they are dear to my heart. Their weddings were fun and sacred occasions filled with memorable moments. I offered a toast at the rehearsal dinner at these occasions and did my best to be pithy and funny. I did my very best to announce God’s blessing on them and to offer encouraging advice. “May there always be a Bible in your hand, a pew under your bottom, and Christ in your heart,” was my concluding remark and my personal approach to life.

We have the teachings of Jesus, the story of Christ’s life and death and resurrection in the Bible. God’s Word is a light on our path and a lamp in the darkness. We need a pew under our bottom, because we cannot live a Christian life all by ourselves. Friends in Christ are a source of joy and encouragement. Close friends help us to stay motivated and on the way that leads to heaven.

Christ in your heart is everything. Christ within is the key to a life of faith in love. We are outside the Kingdom until Christ is at the center of our living.

I offered this blessing to my sons and daughters in law and now I offer it to all of you. — Y’all come, Dr. Don