Drought continues to deepen in our part of the state. Every time local meteorologists show the drought map the color seems to be more pronounced. You know, the color that distinguishes the gravity of a lack of rain. The ground is thirsty. Cattle grazing find the water in their ponds dwindling. Surely they are thirsty. Spring plants and budding trees are thirsty.

Ancient peoples traveling in the wilderness got thirsty. Jesus got thirsty. Trapped in the consequences of their own debilitating decisions, people get thirsty.

The texts for this week address thirst from a variety of perspectives and yet all of them point to what sates that thirst. For people in the wilderness who quarreled and tested Moses their thirst left them thinking God had become absent. When the rock was struck the sign pointed to God’s presence. Jesus travels and while he looks for water to quench his thirst, he meets a woman who unlike Nicodemus in the previous chapter seems to live a thirsty life. He a somebody. She a nobody. Him a leader. Her a mistress. She draws from a well and then he gives her life.

Even in Paul’s letter to the Church at Rome we witness the way God satisfies the human thirst for reconciliation and peace with God – even when we were not looking for it.

Thirsty. What kind of vision do you have to bring the love of God to those thirsty in the wilderness of life, considered nobodies in the world around them, longing for something to be made right about life? In what way do you live into that vision bringing the love of God in Jesus, the Living Water, to those you see suffering thirst?

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