“Jesus cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38 and let the one who believes in me drink.’ As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” [John 7:37b-38]
Those of us in Southern California understand thirst given the years of drought we faced prior to our most recent rare winter. In the Gospel of John Jesus cries out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me.” Jesus was not talking about the Palestinian landscape, but the landscape of souls. What is the landscape of our souls? Are we parched and dry? Are we thirsty for hope that does not disappoint or love that never runs out? If we are parched and dry, then I doubt that rivers of living water will flow from our hearts. Instead, our tempers will quickly ignite. We will dismiss or ignore those in need. Self-satisfaction will be our primary goal. Rivers of discontent will flow, not living water. Only if we are connected to the source of living water is it possible for rivers of living water to flow from our lives. What is flowing from your heart these days into the world around you?
Source of living water, help me to stay connected to your ever flowing river of renewal. Give me the wisdom and courage to be a blessing to others. I pray that your love will abundantly flow through me, drawing others to you, the source of love for all humanity and creation. Amen.