Today is Saturday, December 16th
Light two purple candles.
Continue reading about Jesus at the Well, John 4:7-15
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 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.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” [ESV]
You are the Father who welcomes home the prodigal who has wandered far
You are the Father who prepares a meal when others would simply ignore
You are the Father whose love extends beyond our thoughts or minds
You are the Father who knows our hearts and yet loves us as we are
You are the Father whose word we trust in whose presence we have no fear
You are the Father whose tender touch makes a wounded spirit whole
You are the Father whose only Son was born that He might die
You are the Father whose gracious love we celebrate this day. Amen
Personalize it. How can your thoughts and these readings and prayers help you worship fully, give more, spend less and love all.
I'm Cindee and this reading one is really special to me as a women’s minister and Bible teacher. I have a real heart for racial reconciliation in particular within the church and our community.
It was her shame that kept her behind doors as the other ladies of the community gathered to chat about the day’s events and to share local gossip. She knew her past. She heard their all too audible whispers. She couldn’t bear to stand up to their ridicule and judgmental glares once again. So, she waited until the heat of the noon day, when everyone else was busy indoors, to make her trip to the well to collect the water she needed to satisfy her daily needs.
I imagine she knew, even as she walked in loneliness and silence, that others who were safely hidden behind walls were peering out at her. She also knew full well that she’d have to take this walk of shame tomorrow and the next day and many more days to come. The helplessness and hopelessness of her situation must have left an aching hollowness deep within her that was as empty as the jar she carried to the well to fill. I imagine that along with her physical thirst this Samaritan woman also carried a very real thirst for acceptance, love, and the kind words of a friend.
Many of us know people who think they are not good enough, not religious enough, not married enough, not “regular “ enough, to approach God. Their brokenness and shame keep them from coming to the source of the living water they so desperately need.
It is my prayer, as I reflect on today’s narrative, that I would greet such people as Jesus did and still does. He knew this woman inside and out and yet He freely offered her everything she needed and more than she could imagine. Likewise, He knows me and every shameful secret of my life and yet offers me forgiveness, healing, hope, and an eternal home with Him.
It is my prayer that I would risk crossing social, racial, and cultural boundaries to bring the grace of Jesus to those like the Samaritan woman whom I encounter. May I seek out ways to share the living water through a lifestyle of worship and a willingness to be the Lord’s vessel.