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Lenten Meditation for Saturday March 11, 2017

tealights glowing in a darkened space

Deuteronomy 11: 18-28, Hebrews 5: 1-10, John 4: 1- 26, Psalm 55, 138,139

John 4: 13

“Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again.  Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst – not ever.” The Message (Contemporary version)

               Water is precious, very precious in parts of our world where it is in short supply.  We so often waste it, leaving faucets turned on and water running freely.  We know we need to drink plenty and many of us take water bottles with us especially in hot weather.  Drinking those 8 glasses daily is healthy, we learn, and we assume the water we drink is clean, potable.  I remember watching a scene in the movie “Slum dog millionaire” where a young man was refilling the bottles of water they were selling with water from the faucet.  Not good water; the buyer could get sick.

               Jesus is telling the woman at the well that he can give her “living water”.  He is not talking about the water she draws from the well but what he has to give her from his heart.   He knows she has been ostracized by her townsfolk but he wants to help her.  Jesus wants her to have a better life, and his gift of living water is the symbol.   If she can trust him as the Messiah, her life will be transformed, just as clean water transforms a thirsty traveler.  She accepts.

               What would be Jesus’ gift of “living water” for you?  What do you need in your life to transform you into being the person God wants you to be?


I recall buying a Pepsi in Greece near the Parthenon and discovering an inch of mud in the bottom of the bottle, years ago. We Americans maybe take too much for granted. Let us remember the Living Water of Jesus Christ and be faithful in giving it to others.

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