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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 19, 2017

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SUNDAY, March 19     3 Lent

John 4:11 The woman said to [Jesus], “Sir, you have no bucket and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?”

The Samaritan woman’s question about living water is not just a question; it is also a confession. She doesn’t have “living water” and doesn’t know where to get it. I know this woman, and I understand her. Maybe you do too.

I have plunged my thirsty bucket into many a well, as I suspect we all have. I can see the tempting lips of the wells of relationships, work and busyness, success, accomplishment, reputation, perfectionism, easy answers, and well-earned control. I have drunk deeply from each of them. I left just as thirsty as when I arrived.

The living water Christ offers is not found in wells of opinions or words, of what I have accomplished, or of my self-made security. The living water Christ offers gushes from a holy spring within each of us—within our Samaritan sister. That bottomless well, primed by the Holy Spirit, has always been there.

MOVING FORWARD: Where are the living waters in your life?

PRAY for the Diocese of Mbale (Uganda)

Ps 95 | Exodus 17:1-7 | Romans 5:1-11 | John 4:5-42



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