Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Day 1 - Wine into Water

I have such esteem for the bounty of fermented grapes that it's no surprise to me that Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine (John 2:1-11). It might also account for his continuing popularity. ;)

But as handy a superpower as that would be, when it comes to drinking problems, turning wine to water (or juice or tea or soda pop or whatever!) for two twenty-eight day periods every year is almost as much of a miracle. Because you will cure - or at least start greatly improving - your drinking problem or alcoholism.

The Jesus reference works in another way, too. Not because I'm a traditionally religious person - I'm not. But because I am a spiritual one. And I've done enough of these cleanses to know that at their very essence, they are spiritual in nature. They bring you closer to who you really are. And closer to the people around you. They show you what to appreciate - or change - about your life. They bring you clarity, peace, strength, hope, confidence and joy. It is a quieter time, yes. But it is preceded by much revelry and celebration. So when the cleanse begins, you are ready both physically and spiritually. Today is Day 1 of my cleanse. And I am ready.

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