Wine

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‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭5:23‬ ‭ESV

The first miracle that Jesus performed was turning ordinary water into the finest wine at a wedding. We are all just “ordinary water” that only He can transform into our finest state. Clearly there is lots of symbolism in this story, but I like to think how glorious it will be to dine with our Savior and enjoy tasting His perfect wine. Last night as we celebrated the marriage of our friends and shared some fine wine, I envisioned my departed family and friends toasting us in Paradise. Some claim that Benjamin Franklin said, “I know that God loves me because He created wine.” Whether he said this or not, I believe the concept is valid—He loves us and wants us to be happy.

Paradise

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‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Paradise
As humans, some days will be dark and dreary.  I know that as I pass through the years, there are many great times, but naturally there are bad times as well. We have to take them as they come and know that we are being prepared for Paradise, where every moment is perfectly Divine. When you are assured of this destiny, bad times are more tolerable.

Good Friday

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‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Good Friday
My son (and daughters) means the world to me; so, I cannot imagine sacrificing him for others’ bad behavior. But God loves us so much that He was willing to give His flawless Son to save us from our sins. It is Amazing Grace beyond my comprehension, but the reason we celebrate Good Friday.

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Redemption

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What an amazing story of redemption—the Virginia Cavaliers Men’s Basketball Team goes from worst to first. My deepest respect goes out to Coach Bennett for his character and composure. Today, on Mr. Jefferson’s Birthday, I salute all the hard work and praise God for guiding this team to its first National Championship! Wahoowa🏀