Water has been present since the beginning.
We read in Genesis that in the beginning, the spirit of God hovered over water. God separates this water between the seas and sky and between sea and land. Throughout scripture water serves as both a symbol of life and as something to be conquered or controlled.
More than 75% of our earth’s surface is water. Water is woven deeply into creation and into our life together. We need it survive.
As Jesus addresses the woman at the well in this chapter of John, he points out to her that there is water that is mundane and ordinary and that he can provide a different water.
The “water of life” that Jesus describes brings eternal life, new life, and resurrection power. Water is ordinary and Jesus brings life to it. This happens in the waters of baptism and it happens daily through you. Jesus takes what is ordinary and brings new life to it.
As you jump in the shower or the bath and as water surrounds you, think of the promise of new life that Jesus brings.
We are clean.
We are made new.
Redeeming God, Remind us daily of your promises of new life. Forgive us and help us to step into each day washed clean and made new. Amen.
Daniel Kirschbaum, LCM Board, Student & Staff Alum
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.”–John 4:13-14