To the Holy Trinity Church Family
10 “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
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.”
I heard a story once: a man goes to the doctor and says he’s depressed, life seems harsh and cruel. He says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. The doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.” The man bursts into tears and says, “But doctor…I am Pagliacci.”
When we are trying to help other, trying to be strong for others it takes a lot of internal resources. Yet many of us, if we look inside, realise we are almost running on empty.
I am reminded of the story in John chapter 4 (see above) when Jesus sat by a well in the middle of the day and chatted with a woman.
God offers to put a spring of lifegiving water at the centre of each of our lives. Sometimes though springs get overgrown and lost through the years. Where I holiday in a croft on the Isle of Muck some summers the water supply fails and we need to search out the old spring and clear it out. When we do, we find cool clean water to quench our thirst. We need to find that spring Jesus promised God, through his Spirit, would place deep inside all of us who call on Him.
Here is a prayer that helped me earlier in the week.
Unshakeable God, you are my ever-present help in times of trouble. Amidst all the isolation, grief and fear caused by this crisis, renew in me your peace, restore to me your perspective, and reveal to me your presence as I spend this time with you now.