The Water I Give

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Jesus traveled through Samaria and came to a town that was called Sychar.  He sat down by a well in the middle of the day when it was very hot. When a woman came to draw water from that well, He asked her to give him a drink. This is what happened next:

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

 Jesus answered her, “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.”

 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?  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?”

 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  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.”

–John 4:9-14

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When He Speaks

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It was one of those unusual times when the sun was shining and it was raining at the same time.

Everything looked vivid with a wet, shiny glow.

As I stood on my front porch, I photographed the rain on the roof.

I photographed the rain on the sidewalk.

And the rain dropping in front of our rock fountain.

It was a delightfully rare collection of moments as I quietly thrilled to the sights and sounds of God’s plan to water the earth.

God made the earth by his power and wisdom. He stretched out the heavens by his understanding.  When he speaks, there is thunder in the heavens, and he causes the vapors to rise around the world; he brings the lightning with the rain and the winds from his treasuries.

Jeremiah 51:15-16

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