it is to be with each other. Hopefully, we no longer take this for granted. Yet, the thirst Jesus is talking about is something even deeper. Augustine of Hippo spoke to this deeper thirst in his Confessions, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” Jesus uses a different metaphor than Augustine, for he said to the Samaritan woman at the well, “Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again.” This water, this living water is a metaphor for our relationship with the Divine and through this relationship transformation occurs within us. We move from being self-centered to other-centered. We move from satisfying our own thirst to being a river of living water that is able to satisfy the thirsts of others. How is your life a river of living water for others these days?
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of a believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” [John 7:37b-38]
What do you thirst for these days. I know many of us thirst for a hug or an opportunity to interact face to face without social distancing. We thirst for in-person worship and family gatherings. Our thirsts brought about during our stay-at-home orders have clarified what is most important to us. We now know how absolutely precious
O God, you quench my thirst, for your living water renews and sustains my soul. I continually marvel that you are mindful of me and I am humbled when your living waters flow through me to bless others. May my life always be connected to the wellspring of your love. Amen.