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Musings 4, Water

July 20, 2017

It is summer, and the heat in Southern California, and probably much of the United States, is oppressive. When the heat bakes the earth, its inhabitants long for cool, clear water, one of God’s greatest gifts. At Trader Joe’s is a bottle of “Smart Water.” I’m not kidding. For slightly more than a dollar, I bought some. It tastes like real water, but it is supposed to have electrolites that are good for my health. My friend Louise says she hasn’t been sick a day since she began drinking it.

At a recent Sunday service, I was reminded of the woman Jesus met at Jacob’s Well, found  in John 4: 7-30. Jesus asked the woman to give him a drink of water, and in return he would give her living water so that she would never be thirsty again. How surprised she must have been, for Jesus broke the taboos of Jews to regard with aversion Samaritans and  of avoiding women entirely, especially immoral ones. Jesus understood her sins, and was accepting of her kindness. Removing the barriers, Jesus offered the woman life-giving water.

“Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink,” quoted the Ancient Mariner wearing his albatross on the sea of life. We feel the man’s thirst as he tells of helplessly languishing on the salty sea, far from cool, clear, drinkable water.

Eternal life with God! Who could resist an offer much better than Smart Water?

(Isaiah 12: 2) With joy you will drink from the fountain of salvation.

(Psalm 23: 2) He maketh  me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still water.

(Psalm 16: 11) He will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of his presence, and the pleasure of living with him forever.

 

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