Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Deuteronomy 11:18-28
Morning Psalms: Psalms 55
New Testament: Hebrews 5:1-10
Gospel: John 4:1-26
Evening Psalms: Psalms 138, 139

DEVOTIONAL


In John 4:1-26, Jesus asks a Samaritan woman for a drink of water, and then tells her about the Living Water only He can provide. Although Jesus gets his thirst satisfied, the woman received so much more in return.

I was a chaperone during St. Matt’s mission trip to Nashville. Some of the teenagers were sure of their relationship with God, others questioned His existence. One day, three kids and I descended into downtown Nashville with one goal: to find 4 homeless persons with whom to share our lunch and water. We searched for the “right” place to stop. We questioned a police officer, a homeless salesman, and others about where to share our lunch; each gave a different location. Finally, we turned a corner and saw the church. I could tell just by looking at the kids that we had found THE place we needed to be.

We ate on the church stairs with four homeless people. After the initial awkwardness, the kids and their new friends were telling jokes, enjoying the meal, and talking about the wonders of God. The homeless talked about their troubles with alcohol, drugs, and outwitting the law. Despite their situations, they all expressed how strong their relationship with God was and how He provided in so many ways.

We gave four people food and water. We got back so much more – the unwavering knowledge that God is with us. He led us to the officer and salesman, around one corner then another, until we arrived at the right place. He led us to Dale, to Chief, and to the others. Most important of all, He revealed to one of the teens how God is with him in each and every step. There is no greater gift than faith in God’s presence, but being with someone when they dive into His Living Water is a pretty close second.

EC


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