“Surely my cup runneth over” said David in that famous psalm of his. A picture of blessing in a remarkably insightful scriptural passage that has sneaked into our collective consciousness and bled grace where it was needed.
But what is in the cup?
I never enjoyed accordion lessons with the home music teacher who used t0 sneak biscuits into his coat pocket while I was playing. At the end of the Sedlon Accordion Course, with the books decorated with his pencil marks, I called it a day. I never had practised much anyway. Not much left for a few years of lessons at 12/6.
I hadn’t been prepared for the aural impact of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, and other LPs that followed, which I encountered several years later. So, as a young teenager, starting to appreciate contemporary music, I purchased the sheet music to Dark Side, and started to try and play it.
It probably was a long time before what sounded exciting in my head started to sound recognisable and tuneful to an innocent bystander. The Great Gig In The Sky was not the easiest tune to try and re-discover extremely rusty musical skills with. But it happened.
So, the unappreciated dregs left after my accordion lessons were turned into a kind of rich wine – for me at least.
It is the transforming grace that fills our cup. Restoring the years the locust has eaten. Things we have neglected or side-lined or given up on.
The Holy Spirit is among us, and we have The Great Gig on the Earth.
Present your cup, you are invited at Cana, and let it overflow.