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Water of Life

By Caroline Camp, Duke Divinity School Intern

Week Five: Genesis 1:20-23. Waters become full of life. Hike to a water spot. Touch the water. Remember your baptism.

And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

Water is essential to our daily lives. We drink water to hydrate our bodies, it nourishes our fields for planting and growing, and it washes away dirt and grime. We may take it for granted but around the world, many people still do not have reliable access to clean water. Like the Samaritan woman in John 4, members of our local community and beyond work very hard to have access to water. From buying gallons of water at the store to traveling far to a clean well, many people have to go the extra mile to access water. It’s an important job when water means life.

Lent is a time to consider what the living water means to us. Even today, water means the difference between life and death. Jesus uses the image of water, a resource necessary for survival to describe himself. When we are baptized, we are like the woman at the well in John 4. We have come

to know Jesus, the Living Water. As we continue our journey, let’s remember to invite others to drink from the well that never runs dry.

This fifth week of Lent, hike to a water spot, touch the water and remember your baptism.

We invite you to take a picture of your Lenten practice and post on social media. Tag us at #LentatSpringForest to see how the rest of the Spring Forest Community is interacting with Creation.


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