“Those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty … [it] will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
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.’
A woman goes to fetch water and finds Jesus waiting at the well. She longs for a more satisfying life. For freedom from the shame that made her go to the well when she expected no one else to be there. Jesus treats her with respect and dignity. Forgetting his own physical thirst, he attends to her spiritual thirst. Jesus offers “living water” – water that brings us blessing and refreshment right to the core of our being.
Can you give – or raise – money for a charity providing clean water and sanitation in areas of need, such as Toilet Twinning?
Visit the Toilet Twinning website to twin a home, workplace, church or school toilet.
Prayer for the week
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
the living water; thirsty one,
stoop down and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.
from “I heard the voice of Jesus say”,
by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
Support a water charity
Find out about charities providing clean water and toilets in poor communities. Could your school or church raise money for their work with a bake sale?
|Reflections from the Church House Publishing booklet #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK) are copyright 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.|
Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.