World Water Day…Today

Did you know today was World Water Day?  I am guessing you probably didn’t.  I had no idea about it till a few weeks ago when I was researching different organizations to give a few bucks to this Lenten season as I drink only tap water and donate 10 cents for each glass to a nonprofit that provides clean drinking water (I am up to $9.80).

This fits in well (haha) with this week’s lectionary text (John 4) when Jesus comes to the well at noon asking a Samaritan woman for a drink.  A well is social place, a place to meet and catch up—a place of connection.  Unless you are someone who no one wants to connect with or to, then  it becomes a place of shame, a place where gossip is spread and faces are hidden.

What if our centering point, meeting place, start of our day, catch up place was at the well?  The well—being the Living God, what might our lives look like?  How would we be called to respond to those like this Samaritan woman?

Around the Well by John van de Laar

Around the well of your grace, O God,
are those who thirst for friendship and love;
Help us to offer them
the living water of community and connectedness;

Around the well of your life, O God,
are those who thirst for joy and safety;
Help us to offer them
the living water of playfulness and protection;

Around the well of your mercy, O God,
are those who thirst for wholeness and peace;
Help us to offer them
the living water of comfort, healing and welcome;

Around the well of your presence, O God,
are those who thirst for meaning and connection;
Help us to offer them
the living water of service and worship;

May the life we have found in you,
be the gift we share
with all who hunger and thirst,
with all who are outcast and rejected,
with all who have too little or too much,
with all who are wounded or ashamed,
and, through us, may this corner of the world overflow
with you living water.

In Jesus’ Name
Amen.


Want to know more about World Water Day check out: http://www.worldwaterday.org/

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