Key Verses 13-15: Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
Have you ever been thirsty? Not just a little, but a lot? Or have you ever watched a loved one thirst? I remember my sister, in the hospital after a biking accident, with a head injury. She went days without anything other than intravenous nourishment. She started asking for water and we were thrilled! It was a great sign! But we couldn’t help her. She couldn’t have anything but ice chips until she had passed a test on her swallowing reflexes. It took two days to get permission for water from a straw. She thirsted.
Watching someone you love thirst for something so basic, and not be able to provide it, is painful. There is something so simple about water, and so life-giving. We must have it to survive. But it’s not the only kind of thirst we know. There is a deeper thirsting, for life and for love and for grace and peace. We try to quench it in many ways. Not all of them are healthy. And none of them will truly fill us, except for one.
In the Bible there is this story about Jesus meeting a woman at a well. In the middle of a hot, dry day he asks for a drink from her– just water from the well, she thinks. But then he tells her about the living water he offers: water that cleanses all sin, restores broken relationships, quenches the deepest thirst, and never runs out. It was a kind of water she couldn’t imagine, though she knew about spiritual thirst, as we all do. Jesus tells us, “I am the bread of life…whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Thanks be to God.
Jesus, you are the living water that quenches our deepest thirst. Teach us to set aside all the other ways we try to fill ourselves and look only to you. In your name we pray. Amen.
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.
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