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Third Week of Lent
February 24, 2008
John 4: 5-42

The Living Water of God's Love


Raise your hand if you ever been really, really thirsty.

What do you like to drink when you're thirsty?

I like to drink lots of different things, but when I'm really, really thirsty I like to drink water. And our bodies need water, did you know that? Our bodies are filled with of water, and without it we couldn’t live – and so we have to keep drinking every day, don’t we? It helps to keep us healthy.

Wouldn’t it be great if we never got thirsty? What if there was special water that we could drink once and it would took care of us forever?

Well in this week’s Gospel story, Jesus is taking a long walk – and guess what happens? He gets thirsty. So he stops by a well and asks a woman there if she will help him get a drink. And while they’re talking he tells her about how God’s love is sort of like water.

Now he doesn’t mean real water, that we drink. He's talking about that special water I was wishing for.  Jesus calls it “living water” – because we need it, and it fills us up and like that special water, once we have God’s love, we always have it. It lasts forever and we never need to go looking for more.

So this week, we’re going to ask God to fill us up with his love. Will you pray with me?

Dear God,
We are thirsty. Not for the water that we drink, but for the special living water that comes from your love. Please fill us up and watch over us always. Amen


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