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Our Worst?

Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42

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Tuesday 14th March

I wonder if each of us knows what brings out the worst in us, and I wonder if we would admit it if we do? When the Israelites are following  Moses in the wilderness, a people liberated from slavery by God’s miraculous intervention, it is their thirst for water that starts to bring out the worst in them. It is their thirst for water that erodes their trust in Moses as their leader, and in God, despite all they have experienced. To be fair this comes as no surprise – this is a life and death issue – and it is these issues that challenge our humanity most.

We will hear on Sunday of how they quarrelled with Moses and tested God; but I imagine that first they would have quarrelled amongst themselves.     As water became scarce they would perhaps look at their community, their friends, their families, with envious eyes, harsh words and surreptitious  actions. But God is a God of compassion. He responds to the envy and squabbling of our communities, to our lack of trust – not by withdrawing from us, but by giving more. The rock is split, and living water flows from it. Christ’s life is given, and all things become possible.

Question: What situations bring out the worst in me? How can trusting God more help me deal with this?

 Prayer: God of our ancestors, help us trust in you, to turn from our deepest fears, to your life giving love. Amen.

 

Waiting

Monday 5 December

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In David Attenborough’s programmes showing the desert, it is often a film of the transformation when the  rain comes.

We start with  barren, dry, cracked, scorched earth. It seems that nothing could live there. Indeed, it seems completely dead. Yet, with the rain comes the life that was hidden and dormant, and it happens remarkably quickly.

It sometimes feels that we are dead and lifeless, or at least that certain parts of us have closed down. But creation is waiting. It is expectant.

When things feel barren or desperate, we are yearning for the rain: yearning for the coming of Christ that washes over us continually and when he comes again will satisfy the world once and for all.

Lord, when I feel barren or desperate, answer my yearning for your living water. By your grace, help me show your life to others day by day. Amen