Living Water

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  John 7:38

Two years ago our congregation raised money to provide new community water wells in Mozambique, Africa.  We knew the promise of Jesus as our living water in the spiritual sense, but we also realized that many people around the world, especially in Africa, do not have physical water that is clean, safe, and sanitary.

It is so easy for us in North America to just go to the faucet and expect clean water to come out.  For many in Africa it requires the average of a 3 mile walk one way and even that does not promise clean and healthy water.

I saw a picture just this past week of a boy holding up a clean glass of water and the dirty water that his community had been drinking.  It’s no wonder so many children die each day of disease and sickness when they are forced to drink this contaminated water.  I have included that picture with this meditation.

dirty water

We are thankful that Jesus promises to be our living water for our everyday spiritual needs.  He is also that living water even to those who don’t have the clean physical water that they need.  But Jesus wants us to help those in need.  We see his example in the Gospels and we know that he mentioned many times that we are to help the outcast, the needy, and the poor.

We are to help them not only by giving one time gifts but by finding ways to help them survive long term.  This week I ran across an organization called water.org that is trying to help with this.  They along with many others are trying to help secure loans, wells, and other ways that provide long term help to these communities in need of clean water.  You can watch their short youtube video by clicking on this link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KdwinEmUqF0

We have been blessed in so many ways!  We need to always be on the lookout for how we can continue to bless and help others in this world who are less fortunate. My prayer is that we each find a way to do something to provide a clean cup of water for this boy and many others.

Make it personal:  Mennonite Central Committee also has a water ministry that you can help with as well.  You can visit their website for more information.  Let’s not only be thankful, lets be proactive in sharing our time, money, and talents to help others in the name of Jesus.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church