November 28, 2017
November 28, 2017
This weekend’s reading: Isaiah 64:1-9
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
Being thirsty evokes phrases like ‘dry as the desert’, ‘parched in the throat’, ‘longing for a cool drink…without which we would die. When Jesus offers the water of life, I believe he offers it for both body and soul.
“Water makes up more than two-thirds of human body weight, and without water, we would die in a few days. The human brain is made up of 95% water; blood is 82% and lungs 90%. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on smaller print… “ [APEC Water Systems]
Michael W. Smith’s song “I Can Hear Your Voice” captures the essence of what it means to be immersed in the water of life. Try a version of it on YouTube.
I’m in the river that flows from your throne; Water of Life; Water of Life
It covers me and I breathe again
Your love is breath to my soul.
I can hear Your voice as You sing over me. It’s Your song of Hope breathing life into me. I can feel Your touch as I come close to You. And it heals my heart. You restore and renew.
QUESTIONS FOR THE FIELD
- What images come to mind for you when you hear the phrase ‘water of life’?
- How does combining physical and spiritual elements make your understanding of the life Jesus offers larger? As much for now as well as for the future?
FAMILY FIELD TALK
- Make a list of all the ways water touches your lives.
- Talk about how water is important every day. Run your hands under the faucet. Thank God.
Giver of Life, we thank you for the very essence of our being…water for our bodies and life for our souls. We raise our cupped hands to you today, asking to receive that which we will need to quench our thirst. Amen.