The disruptive Power of water, or is it? That power can be used for good.
“In many places, one of the consequences of the climate changes we are seeing is drought and water shortages. Of course, in many parts of the world, water has always been in short supply. Have you experienced water being in short supply? What were the consequences? How did you, or people in general, cope? Did you have to change your lifestyle at all?
When Jesus asked those who were thirsty to come to him, he was speaking to people who knew the importance of water because it was always in short supply. And he said – he promised to those who come to him – that ‘out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water’. What do you think Jesus meant by living water?
Sometime later, on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended on all those people at once. There was amazement and a lot of confusion. But Peter stepped up to the mark. He stood up to explain what was going on. What do you think was going through his mind at that moment? Only a short time ago he had been hiding in a locked room; now he was standing in front of a huge crowd. And he knew what he had to say. Is this an example of Jesus’ ‘living water’ at work? What might ‘living water’ or the work of the Holy Spirit look like in our lives today?”
Surely living water is as I mentioned at the start, it is being kind to one another, taking the time to ask if someone is alright, if they need help or prayer & then to direct those thoughts to God in Prayer, we are all hearing sobering stories, we had one yesterday, and at this time I offer up a prayer for Jean & Lionel, there story is one of love and compassion, it is too long to relate here – but I am sure we have many similar people and places we are praying for.
Water, Wind & Fire – Jesus did refer to water as he spoke of the spirit as “Living Water” So look around you, we could just end there – or maybe get creative I have said before that I do these blogs in the hope that they are read, not with any great expectations. So just as would happen on Facebook or UTube wouldn’t it be great if we could express the above in some form of visual art, the power of water, the flame of light, the air that we breathe ( rushing wind) the hymn Spirit of the living God, says “ fall afresh on me, Melt me, mould me, Fill me! Use me! Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. I thank we are entitled to say Amen to that!
Let anyone come to me, let us all allow the Holy Spirit to enter into us!
May the power of the Sprit challenge you.
May the peace of the Spirit comfort you.
May the presence of the Spirit enable you to live in love
And service in the name of Christ.
Extracts have been taken from Roots with permission.
The other lectionary readings are: Psalm 104: 24-34, 35b