John 4:1-15 (NRSV)

1 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, “Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John” 2 —although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized— 3 he left Judea and started back to Galilee. 4 But he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. 7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)   10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”   

Isaiah 44:3 (NRSV)

3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my spirit upon your descendants, and my blessing on your offspring.   

DEVOTION – Everard Blackman (Queensland, Australia)

My country, Australia, has a large arid center.  Running right through this center from north to south is a network of rivers that can be dry for years on end.  This year, monsoonal rains in the north shed vast quantities of water into the catchment area for these rivers.  Slowly, inexorably, the water began to flow south toward a great dry lake bed.  Lake Ayre.

As the channels filled, new life appeared.  trees and shrubs flourished; grass sprang up; flowers bloomed.  Animals and birds gathered.  In Lake Ayre, myriad waterfowl flocked together to feed and breed.  Life abounded again in the desert.

God assured his people h would pour out on them the water of life, and Jesus came offering “living water” to all  who received him.  The same is true today.  When renewed spiritually, our lives blossom in Christ.  Whoever believes in him becomes a source of “living water” (John 7:38) for others.  When we allow the Holy Spirit to direct us into acts of mercy, faith, and love, we reveal the abundant life (John 10:10) welling up in us.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Christ’s presence can renew anyone.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us each day to reveal your life-giving presence to people we meet.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: PEOPLE LIVING IN DESERT AREAS

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