Our Lenten Devotion for Saturday, March 19, comes to us from Steadfast Love which features reflections and prayers by Ed Arle and Gil Duchow with inspiration from the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen.
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 NIV
“Jesus’ heart is the incarnation of the shadow-free first love of God. From his heart flow streams of living water. He cries out in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me! Let anyone who believes in me come and drink.”
(from In the Name of Jesus by Henri J.M. Nouwen, page 48Henri)
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). Jesus speaks those words in the Sermon on the Mount. He speaks to a world starving for hope and thirsting for something and someone to believe in. What’s more, Jesus doesn’t just speak words of hope, he is hope. He doesn’t just speak of the longing we have for righteousness, justice and fairness, he is justice and fairness. In short, he comes to all who have given up trying to make sense of this life and have resigned themselves to living in despair. As with the woman at the well, Jesus comes to us with this word, simple but profound: “I have something for you; it is living water that if you drink of it, it will bubble over and gush up to eternal life. ”Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).
Every form of life on Earth needs water. It is essential. Jesus is the incarnation of that spiritual water for each and every one of us. Following Jesus provides us with that essential water. Through that water, we are all called to serve and love in the ways that Jesus served and loved; we are empowered to that by having received that living water.
Lord Jesus, you came that we might come to know the difference between living and just existing. Open my heart to drink in your water that leads to eternal life. Amen.