Jesus Reveals Himself as the Living Water of which One will Never Thirst.
Water gives life. It cleanses and refreshes. It is so significant in our lives, but do we appreciate it as it should be?
Listening to the sound of rain, and contemplating Jesus.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Sitting here, mesmerized by the sound of rain; closing my eyes and looking within. The sound is so calming, it's almost like God provides it as a time for us to slow down and just listen.
I picture myself when I was a child, running outside in the rain; looking up skyward for the rain drops to wash down my face. Water is so significant in our faith; it is a cleansing and refreshing provision from God both physically and spiritually.
In the Bible, when you look at Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman, He reveals himself as the living water of which one will never thirst. He heals a man telling him to wash himself in the pool of Siloam.
Of course John the Baptist baptizes with water, as is done today.
Water gives and sustain life. It cleanses and refreshes. But do we appreciate it?
The earth is covered with 70 to 75% of water. According to the U.S. Geological Survey website, man is composed of approximately 60% water. Many organisms are made up of 90% of water. We can last for weeks without food, but only days without water. Water can provide comfort and sustain life; it also can be a destructive force as we have seen in recent years with storms, floods and tidal waves. Water is precious to those living in arid lands and deserts. It also can be wasted by so many of us living in areas where water is so plentiful and under-appreciated.
As I have "aged", I have found myself more contemplative of things I've taken for granted, as well as what society itself has. Clean, fresh, running water. How many live without it? If I can't provide them with this water myself, at the very least I can be responsible and careful in using it.
I remember in Coast Guard boot camp, we would have to take "sea" showers. Because of the limited supply of fresh potable water onboard any ship we may be stationed at, when shipmates would take showers that would have to conserve it in most extreme ways. Turning on the shower just long enough to get wet, turning the shower off, soaping up, turn the shower back on to wash off, turn off the shower - exit shower. I'm not saying we should all do that, I'm just giving an example. How about not running the water while we brush our teeth? If water is precious to some of us humans, it should be precious to us all! Next time you go to church, remember to bless yourself with Holy Water, and to thank God for His precious gift of water!
Web site to inspire others in facing their day.
Happiness is often a matter of mind over matter - but true joy is a spiritual gift that comes solely through the grace of God. For many, ... continue reading
Clinical depression is so prevalent these days that well over 21 million Americans experience it every year. Most come to understand the ... continue reading
The following is adapted from Adele M. Gill's new inspirational self-help book entitled, 'From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that ... continue reading
As we grow in the Christian faith, we need to understand and come to believe, that anyone can change for the better at any time. For many ... continue reading
Those who visit my blog, know how blessed I have been over the years to spend time in retreat at the Abbey at the Genesee in Piffard, New ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Saturday, February 24th, 2018 HD Video
- St. Polycarp: Saint of the Day for Friday, February 23, 2018
- What is fasting and why does it matter?
- The Tragic Reason Mass Shootings Happen, and it's NOT the guns HD Video
- Daily Readings for Friday, February 23, 2018
- 10 emotional prayers for healing and hope in a world of tragedy
- 'I'm too ashamed to go to confession, what do I do?'
- Spiritual Warfare and the Help of Angels HD
- St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr HD
- Daily Reading for Friday, February 23rd, 2018 HD
- AmericaĂ˘Â€Â™s pastor, Billy Graham passes away, age 99 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education