March 21, 2011

March 21: Give me this water

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By Becky Horst, associate registrar, grants coordinator and convocation coordinator
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Give me this water

DEVOTIONAL:
When our first child was almost two years old, she developed severe diarrhea. Pediasure® didn’t yet exist, and I was an inexperienced parent who didn’t know how to feed a child in her condition. She grew lethargic and pale. Our pediatrician examined her briefly and diagnosed dehydration. “Take her to the hospital right away,” he said. “She will need to stay there at least overnight.”

I sat in the hospital hallway and cried, listening to my daughter’s screams on the other side of a closed door. Nurses inserted an IV into her right foot. Water and nutrients soon began flowing into her bloodstream. By the next morning, she was her bright-eyed self again, chatting with nurses and fascinated by the “honey” dripping into her foot.

Water is the most essential nutrient that we take in. After all, our body mass is about 60 percent water; our brains are 70 percent water and lungs are 90 percent water. Even bones are 22 percent water. Water is a major component of every cell in our bodies.

Water is also a major component in many biblical stories, from the great flood in Genesis to the apostle Paul’s shipwreck. This week’s Scripture passages are about life-giving water. The wandering children of Israel find water in the desert. The Samaritan woman asks Jesus for living water. And God’s love is poured into our hearts, echoing the poured water of baptism.

PRAYER:
Compassionate God, during this desert time of Lent, give me the water of your Spirit. Quench my thirst.

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Comments (7)

  1. Thank you. A great start to the day!

    pastor Bill

    Peace Mennonite Church of Columbia, MO
    ‘the simple church’

    Blog: mennonitepreacher.wordpress.com
    opensimplechurch.wordpress.com

    W. Dellinger March 21, 2011 |
  2. I liked this a LOT!
    THANKS

    Barbara Johnson March 21, 2011 |
  3. I love the simplicity of this idea. I’ve heard it before, and I’ve seen the metaphor used in other places, but you have nailed it in a simple, straightforward way. I’ll be focusing on water this week. Thank you.

    Maureen Nalezny March 21, 2011 |
  4. Thank-You, Lately sometimes i feelphysically and mentally drained dealing with the everyday issues in my life ….I noticed it takes my fucus off of the daily scriptures/and meditations i work hard daily to keep in my life and if i go a few days wihout it..well i grow more drained and i noticed that when i pick it up again it may be like drinking water immediately my spirit becomes re-hydrated after reading this i realize how much i need to dring water to survive physicall and read the “Word” to survive mentally which eventually takes a toll on my health also so thank you this week i will focus on all my needs so I remain Hydrated at all times and in all areas.
    Priscilla

    priscilla March 21, 2011 |
  5. I miss the included Scripture Passages.

    Harold Larsen March 21, 2011 |
  6. Interesting story and great application. Few of us drink enough water–physically or spiritually!

    Marjorie Neufeld March 21, 2011 |
  7. I am a dietitian so I love food/drink analogies. This is especially meaningful as none of us our quite “ourselves” without the Living Water!
    I was also wondering where the scripture passages went?

    Ellen Lantz March 22, 2011 |