Living Water

Au Sable RiverToday’s Americans prefer endless and fruitless political combat to the restoring waters of reconciliation.  The choice is in favor of self-destructive behavior rather than life.

A woman of Samaria came to the village well to  draw water.   Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”

 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

In today’s America, Republicans and Democrats disdain to drink from the same well.   How far have we devolved in 2,000 years?

May we choose in future to drink the living water of tolerance.

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6 thoughts on “Living Water

    1. Tom Schultz Post author

      I think that whether one thinks of Jesus in religious terms or simply as a great teacher, the conversation with the Samarian woman is a great human experience with many nuances. Why is she there at midday when the village women would draw water in the early morning? Because she is shunned in the village. We soon learn the reason she is an outcast. Why can she then confide in this stranger? Because of his charisma, partly, but mainly because he accepts her as she is. And so forth.

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  1. chaddamitz

    I agree with you Tom. I do think finding common ground is a biblical concept, but I also think it’s important to maintain one’s convictions. The goal should always be reconciliation, but if a view is diametrically opposed to God, I think we should provide constructive criticism and do our best to persuade one to change their mind. Blessings!

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    1. Tom Schultz Post author

      Thank you very much for your comment. You may have guessed that I really love this story from John. It is so rich on many levels and I think about it whenever I’m thinking about the process of communication. So important that the Samarian woman was doubtful, but still open minded. She is even kind of teasing in her questions, but in the end won over by His presence and accepts His gift of living water.. Beautiful!

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