What I read today;

Revelation 22; Acts 27-28; Malachi 3-4; Proverbs 31; Deuteronomy 34

Believe it or not, sometimes water is a polarizing object.  Over the years growing up in the midwest, there were times when we had major floods causing many problems.  When we moved to the Pacific Northwest, we lived through a record-setting year of rain.  In 2013 we lived in Colorado when a record rainfall caused numerous rivers to swell and flooding to occur.  This year in Southern Illinois, the rain just won’t quit.

But in some places in the world water or lack of water, becomes a critical problem.  In some areas finding safe sources of water is a matter of life and death.  We’re spoiled here in the US because generally speaking, we have plenty of clean water to drink.  However, every now and then we see a problem that causes us to remember that clean water should not be taken for granted.  This year a water leak caused the city we live in to not have water for a couple of days.  It wakes you up to the necessity that water is.

Our spiritual lives need water, as well.  They need the water of the holy spirit.  Our spirits must be continuously fed and watered with the word of God and Worship.  Without the nurture and guidance of the scriptures, our spiritual life will dry up and blow away.  The fantastic thing is that Jesus provides us a free source of water for our souls.  In Revelation 22 vs. 16-18, he offers this water as a gift.  Jesus promises to not turn any away who come to him.

The whole message of the book of revelation can be summed up in this one verse.  Jesus wants to give us this gift of life.  Are we willing to accept it?

16 “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. NRSV

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