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Daily Devotion – June 11, 2018
06.11.18

John 4:5 – 15

 

So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

 

Devotion by Laurie Spencer

There are so many ways of looking at the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. There are commentaries written on every aspect you can imagine. I did some reading on how much bad blood there was between the Jews in the Samaritans. They held a long history of power plays, captivity, slavery… but in this story there are just two people.  One Jew, Jesus, and the Samaritan woman. Of course she’s very surprised when he, a Jewish man, asks her for a drink of water. Jesus is crossing over accepted lines to reach out to this Samaritan. He is given the opportunity to share, one on one, the knowledge that he has of the Almighty God and the water that will sustain her forever.

Our lives are full of opportunities for us to reach out to those that are different from us. To individuals we don’t know and might be afraid to connect with. A drink of water, some money, a testimony of our faith to encourage them, a hug, a place to lay their head.

On that day at the well Jesus showed us how easy it is to start a conversation that can be life-changing.

 

Prayer

Father, Mother God, loving me, open my eyes to the opportunity to connect with those people with whom I am not familiar.  Give me the opportunity to share love and encouragement.

 



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