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Water from the rock



         “Take in your hand the staff
                  with which you struck the Nile, and go.
         I will be standing there in front of you
                  on the rock at Horeb.
         Strike the rock, and water will come out of it,
                  so that the people may drink.”

                           —Exodus 7.5-6

Moses didn't know what he was doing,
hitting a rock with a stick.
He trusted the Holy Mystery.

He couldn't see the rock had water in it,
the staff had power in it,
his own heart held such faith.

And you, who stand before that rock,
what spring hides within it?
What courage waits in your heart?

What is that staff in your hands?



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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net

 

Woman at the well

         John 4.5-42

In a culture where only men can initiate marriage or divorce
she's been thrown away by five husbands,
and now is used by one who won't commit to her.
In a culture where women draw water in order of social status,
she's there for her morning water at noon. She's a pariah.
He's a Jew and she's a Samaritan; he's a rabbi and she's a woman.
She has no reason to expect an exchange at all, let alone respect,
and certainly not an engaging theological discussion.

But he sees her—her, not people's judgment of her.
He sees her as she is, and accepts her without judgment:
she is not immoral; she has been used.
He sees her wound. And he sees the truth in her.
He sees her not as someone flawed,
but someone gifted.

He talks theology with her,
longer than with anybody else in the Gospels.

Then she leaves her water jug,
not out of forgetfulness but because she knows she's coming back.
She goes into the village,
and the former outcast becomes the first Christian evangelist.
She brings people to Jesus.

Something happened in her that changed her.
What was it?

Imagine this: Jesus comes to you
in the dull midday heat of your ordinary life.
You are bound by judgments of how good you are.
And he sees through that. Sees you. You. Your soul.
He sees your wounds, sees your giftedness.
He sees how your wounds inhibit your gifts...
and yet can propel your gifts.
And in his knowing he sets you free.

Leave your water jug.
What is the news in you to tell?
What will you do? How will you tell it?

__________________
Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net