John 4:7-15 (NIV)

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

2 Corinthians 4:6 (NRSV)

It is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

DEVOTION – Sachie Yoshimoto (Tokyo, Japan)

During my college days I was zealous in my studies and my attempts to find work.  Yet my spirit felt hungry and dry.  While believing that being employed by a first-rate company would bring me happiness, I also had other questions:  What is the purpose of my existence?  What meaning is there in my giving myself to this work?  Life is limited to one time; therefore, I wanted to devote my life to something with real value.

I knew there should be something more important for me to learn, and I have always sought that true teaching.  Then I encountered the words of Jesus in the Bible.  Jesus offered me water that satisfies my spiritual thirst and became “a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”  Before, I had seen God as distant from me.  Now, I have a very close relationship, like a father and daughter.

Now that nagging uneasiness is gone.  My heart is content.  I worship “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23), and I am enveloped in God’s love.  I give heartfelt thanks to God who shines in my heart and displaces the darkness of the world wit the light of Christ.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Only God can satisfy our spiritual thirst and give us eternal life.

PRAYER: O God, thank you for salvation.  Deliver us from spiritual hunger and thirst as we worship you in spirit and truth.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Those Searching For Meaning