July 16

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters. Isaiah 55:1

Those who drink of the water that I will give them, will never be thirsty. John 4:14

We always long to accept and live in the fullness of life promised by God given to each of us in the waters of baptism. Sometimes the dry places in life give any one of us the feeling that God’s promise is far from us. We may cry out in our despair: “Where are you, Lord, when this pandemic goes on and on and on?” “Where are you, Lord, when I see the strife caused by timeless discrimination?” Where are you, Lord, when I see the anger and hatred brought on by the inequities of life?” “Where are you, Lord, when children starve?” 

God is there with living water when we see a boy playing the trumpet every day as the health workers from the hospital near his home change shifts. God is there when neighbors help neighbors clean up and repair after the destruction that rioting and looting out of control happens. God is there when sidewalk chalk brings messages of love and encouragement to all who pass by. God is there when someone reaches out with a phone call or a note letting the recipient know that someone cares. God is there when those whose hope is destroyed find and use the mental resources to restore that hope and bring a feeling of peace. I could go on and on.

Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Thank you for the fullness of life you’ve made known in Jesus who suffered humiliation and death, only to rise again, thereby defeating the power of death. Jesus death and resurrection gives each one of us the living water of salvation. Help us to see your presence always and to spread the message of your love to all.  In Jesus most holy name we pray, Amen.

Florence Smallfield