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Jul 23, 2019

The Most Refreshing of all….

It seems like only yesterday that I was talking to a farming friend about the then  recent downpours and their effect on crops and animal feed, so wet had it been at the time. And yet, as I write this, we seem to have entered a period with little rain and boy, does my garden know it! Beans, peas, courgettes- every evening I seem to be out there with my watering can doing my best to give them a drink- nay, a bath sometimes. I can almost hear the sighs of joy from the plants themselves as they drink deep after a parched day in the heat of the sunshine. Tomatoes seem to look as though they suffer the most when an occasional night is missed- wilted and frail they appear as they gasp for some moisture and fluid to circulate around their now browning foliage due to my lack of attention!

Athletes and marathon runners  are obvious human examples of thirst, when after many miles of pounding the streets they grasp a water bottle from a steward who is there to provide much needed refreshment during a demanding run.

Life is like that. There are times for all of us when the heat of the journey that we call our lives takes its toll on us and we need to find some rest and refreshing. And no one is an exception to that. It’s no failure to feel the heat and need a break. When in conversation with a woman by a well about being parched and thirsty, Jesus said “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Our physical bodies need constant refreshing water to keep us alive, and so our inner selves need to be refreshed and renewed by the water that he can give us- water that energises and invigorates us for life. Sometimes, though, we feel that we can carry on without it and manage on our own. My wilting tomato plants certainly can’t manage without fresh water and  I would encourage you to take some time and approach He who is the fountain of life and ask him to refresh you for your journey.

Living water- you will never be thirsty again!!

Revd David Swannack

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