Friday, March 6, 2009

thirst

We are grateful for the draught of cold water when we are thirtsy. Brother Tilden reminds us that we are probably more thirsty than we acknowledge...

THE WELL AT SYCHAR (Scripture Reading)

"THEN cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar. . . . Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
Then cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. . . .
Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

J0hn iv.
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THE WELL AT SYCHAR (Tilden's Meditation)

"THE wells around Nazareth were as symbolic to the mind of Jesus as the lilies of the field; so we learn from his words to the woman of Samaria as they sat together at the well of Sychar under the hot rays of a noon-day sun. A week-day meeting on the highway! How vast and far-reaching its results! Then were there opened wells of truth which are full to-day for thirsting humanity. Water becomes the symbol of refreshment of soul as well as of body. It is thirst that makes a draught from the living spring so grateful.
"If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water."
How familiar the words! We were born to them. But to great thoughts like these we need to be born again every day. How deep are God's wells ! How many are the secret springs, all out of sight, which fill them! We feed on God's life and think not whence the gift. Blessed are we when Jesus opens the well, and the roots of our life touch living springs.
" Give me this water, that I thirst not."


Blessings

3 comments:

mds said...

thank you for this today - a much needed reminder. Blessings ~md

boston unitarian said...

Hi md,
It is great to hear from you and I am very glad that Rev. Tilden had good words for you today. Many blessings, BU

David G. Markham said...

BU:

I have been very busy with my own stuff and have skipped reading your blog and miss the living water which I usually obtain from your well written posts and the people you feature.

I remember a wonderful sermon I heard one time in a Roman Catholic church that it was extremely unusual for a Jewish Male to converse alone with a female and for Jew to talk with a Samaritan. Jesus broke all the rules and yet the story exudes a powerful electricity between the two which manifests God's tremendous grace. I always feel blessed in reading or hearing this story and am doubly blessed by finding it on your blog with the reflections from Tilden.

Thank you!

All the best,

David Markham