Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/27/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Imperial First UMC
Great West District
McCook Memorial UMC
Great West District
Henry Lyman UMC
Mitchell UMC
Morrill First UMC
Great West District
Mullen First UMC
Tryon Community UMC
Great West District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 4:7-15

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
 

Today's Devotional

My husband and I were in LaGuardia airport in New York recently on a layover, on our way to Pittsburgh to visit our daughter in Ohio. In the center of a food court area was an interesting water feature. Water fell like a gentle rain from a large circle in the high ceiling into a large circular basin on the floor below. As it continued falling, it was programmed to slowly rotate in circles, which made the water make a swishing sound. As I continued watching it, the programming made the water form shapes such as doves, butterflies and flowers. It would also display large dots, music notes, and words such as Boston and Queens. Also at times, different colored lights would reflect on the water as it was falling. When the water from the ceiling quit falling, there were water jets in the basin on the floor that would spray water in different forms and also reflect colored lights at times. It was a beautiful, mesmerizing sight in the middle of a room filled with hustling, bustling and hungry people in the airport. A number of those people would stop to take in the sight of the water feature and record it on their phone, as I did. Perhaps they were seeing a moment of peacefulness.

After enjoying watching the water feature, I got to thinking about how amazing and miraculous water really is. We use water to keep our bodies and clothes clean and to sustain our life and quench our thirst when we drink it. And who doesn’t enjoy a waterfall and the relaxing sound it makes as it falls over rocks, the peaceful sound of a babbling brook or the serenity of still waters. Swimming in water can be refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

Other uses of water include generating power at a dam, in steam engines, and in transportation used by ships, boats and rafts. Water can be mixed with some other substances to make a new product. Water will form to the shape of whatever is holding it, and it has a reflective quality.

But also, water can be contaminated and make a person sick. A person can lose their life by drowning in water. Much damage can be done to property in a flood of water.

Water is used in baptism, and biblical miracles were performed with water. Jesus washed his disciples’ feet with water. Water is a symbol of eternal life.

Water is certainly a diverse substance. God, our creator, gave us a wonderful gift when we were given water to enjoy here on earth. He also gave us a wonderful gift when he sent Jesus to us to show us how to live. Jesus offered living water to the woman at the well, so I ask myself, “Who will I offer living water to today?”
--Linda Rector
Wichita University UMC

Prayer for Reflection

Great God our creator, we are thankful for the water you have given to us to enjoy and use responsibly and wisely. Give us the courage to share your living water with others. Amen.
 

 

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