Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters. And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. Isaiah 55:1 

That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. Mark 1:32

Water is essential to our lives. We need to have water for our bodies to function properly; experts say 3-4 days is the maximum we can go without water. Here in Minnesota we have lots of water in lakes and streams and rivers. Even with the current droughts we still have enough. Others are not so fortunate. Drought has been longer and more severe. There are areas with conflicts where water supplies are compromised, and relief aid cannot get there.

Isaiah is, of course, talking about another kind of water and food. It can be bought without money! What sort of world is that? It is one where God provides blessings for all. Spiritual blessings that cannot be earned but are supplied by God’s grace. As this was addressed to the people in exile it must have been very welcome news. Abundance of food and water and life awaits them.

Then, in Mark, we see some of these blessings in the actions of Jesus. The people already know of His ability to heal, and bring many people to Him. Subsequent verses say the whole town gathered near at Simon’s house where Jesus was. The people waited until after sunset on the Sabbath to bring those who are sick in body and mind for Jesus to heal. In Christ there is enough for all and enough for each. All are welcome to receive the blessings of our Lord. 

Life giving Lord, we praise you for quenching our thirsty souls with your living waters. We are grateful for how abundantly you provide for our needs. We don’t know what lies around the next corner or over the next hill. Thank you for walking with us, side by side. You offer us strength and guidance, particularly when we face our demons. Thank you for your companionship on our journey. Amen.

Chris Gabel