Our souls like a reservoir can fill with grace and love
meant to spill out in joy to others, to gently caress
to ripple out beyond in ways we don’t always know
Precious gifts from divinity, liquidity to be shared
Sometimes in drought we must draw from this reserve
Fed from times before, when faith had little doubt
when filled from streams of our reflected generosity
or from the gentle rain when we gather together as one
We should be careful to not let our pools inside run dry
as God wants balance, wants us to know Christ’s love first
Then we can let charity cascade and flow where it belongs
as we participate with open hearts in this His golden rule
The reservoirs of saints are there for us, places we can go
Built from time eternity, prayer, compassion and actions
Silent strength waiting patiently, abundantly overflowing
Cool sips from their waterfall can fill our living souls
For in our hope and faith, we can collect beyond our needs
To build up a reservoir of perfect charity within ourselves,
filled with grace, filled with love, held in hidden humility
So when others need of us, our own rivers are free to run
2007 was a very dry year for New England. I was walking along a trail that I had not been on before and right in front of me was an old dam with a door like opening. There was barely any water trickling into the outflow brook and when I looked in the reservoir it was nearly empty. I realized in the moment how hard it is to give something to someone else that you do not already have yourself. We can fill our reservoirs in many ways such as being together in faith, attending church, reading scripture, praying and studying saints to learn from them. When we do, there comes a point that we are overfilled with joy and love, it is then that God speaks to us, asking us to be His hands.
John 2:2-12 – Scripture
The Wedding at Cana
2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9 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 10 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.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite the world’s distractions.