Have you ever been really thirsty? What is it like to take a cold drink of water when you are very thirsty? Think about that feeling for a moment.
On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, "Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water." (John 7:37-38)
What are some of the dry or thirsty places in your life? Take a moment to identify them and place them before God.
Are you in need of a drink? Are you in need of living water? Are there people in your life who are in need of it as well? What would living water look like for them?
As you have read over the past couple of weeks, I spent some time in the desert. It was dry and water was important. I noticed my skin and body experienced something different from the humid and warm climate here. Each time I encountered a cup of ice-cold water on our adventure it was so welcome. I also encountered two rivers on our experiences during the week, the Chama and Rio Grande. We spent some time near the banks of the Chama river before we encountered a native pueblo community, Ohkay Owingeh, on their feast day. I can visualize these encounters with water and they remind me of the ways that God nourishes us and the creation around us with water.
Find a time and place this week when you can stop, take a drink of water and consider places in your life where you need God's living water to flow. I hope that you will be refreshed and renewed so that you can share this good news with those around you.