Friday, August 3, 2012

Shocked Disbelief...

These are the reflections from yesterday's Life Journal readings. 

Scripture: John 4:27 (The Message)
"Just then the disciples came back.  They were shocked.   They couldn't believe he was talking with that kind of a woman.  No one said what they were thinking but their faces showed it."

The story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar is just another example of how radically different Jesus was from other teachers of the time.  He knew her inside and out, and yet took time to sit down and talk with her.

How different would the world look if we were that radical?  Jesus knew her, even to her very core, yet still offered her water that would quench her deepest thirst.  He called a spade a spade with her, no doubt, and made her a little mad.  Her anger disappeared when she heard, possibly even for the first time, that God loves all of her.  The things she wanted to argue about really didn't matter.  Jesus told her that what counted was who she was and how she lived.  It was the disciples, not Jesus, who couldn't see past the exterior to the child of God on the inside, just waiting to be born.  Unfortunately, in many places, and many times, it still is.

God of living water, hear my prayer for those who hurt, and those who have been the source of hurt for others.  Let me be your voice calling all of those who are thirsty to drink from the water of life.

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