John 4:7-14 NRSV

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 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.)[a] 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.”

Living in the desert, we are very much aware of how precious water is to life. Think about when you have worked outside on a hot day and you finally stop and pick up at big glass of cool water that quenches your thirst. There is nothing like it.

As I place myself in this story, I think of the deep love Jesus showed this Samaritan woman. She, very much aware of the social stigmas, is surprised to meet him at the well during the day, and then he asks her for a drink. Ignoring race, gender and religious barriers he looks into her heart and speaks to her deep need. He sees her “spiritual” thirst which can only be quenched with the “living” water that comes from him.

He does that for everyone who comes thirsty to his well; the inexhaustible supply that we draw on, that we offer to another who is “dry” in spirit and needs refreshing.

This “living” water is LOVE poured out over all persons and meant to be given freely to those who will come!

Two songs that come to mind and are precious reminders for me and I sing in my heart are…

Fill My Cup, Lord!


As the Deer Pants for the Water


Tawn Watkins

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