So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’.
(John 4: 5-8, complete reading is John 4: 5-42)
Breath Prayer: “deeper” “still”
Here by this well, Jesus teaches us to listen. Here with a Samaritan woman, Jesus listens with his heart, hearing deeply what she is saying. Here, he invites us to dig deeper, getting to the heart of the matter.
Here beside this well we recognize the value of the wells’ gifts. Wells aren’t filled from rain tumbling down from the sky, but fill from the bottom up. Under each well is a deeper source that runs below, from a deeper water-source. The deeper the well, the deeper source.
This Lent may we be reminded of this gift wells offer to us. May we be reminded of how wells bring us images of our faith. May we remember the water source, the energy source, the healing source deep within. When we pay attention only to what is happening on the surface, we get only the top water. But if we draw deeper, closer to the core of who we have been created to be – may we remember that there is a life source that will sustain us all the days of our lives.
By listening deeply to her story, Jesus enters into the depths of who she is. May our listening during this Lenten season follow closely in ways this story is leading us. Through our listening may we recognize the source of life in each of us.
Prayer: Gracious God, your love for us and this world is deeper than our understanding. Fill us with your grace we pray. May your living water poured out refresh us all so that we might rise renewed and refreshed to best serve you. Amen.
(thanks, Susie for this picture taken when you were in Crete)
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.