Lent: Living the Questions (3) What Am I Willing to Give?
Jesus and the woman at the well have the longest conversation recorded in the New Testament. Interestingly, Jesus begins the conversation by revealing his need. He who walked on water and fed thousands with a few loaves and fishes asks her for a drink. The woman responds to his need defensively—who are you to ask me for a drink? He then flips the conversation on its head: If you knew who I was, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you living water.
He’s the giver and the receiver. The thirsty person, the well, and the water, all at the same time.
By the end of the long conversation, the woman’s defensiveness had cracked wide open. She cast it aside along with her water jug and her isolation, left them all lying in the dust while she ran back to tell her community everything that had just happened. The exiled one became the first evangelist of the gospel.
These two words are containers for the energetic flow of God’s love in the world. We receive love from God. We give this to one another and to creation. We receive love from people and creation, and we give back this love to God by saying “thank you”.
This is the rhythm of our bodies. We draw breath in. We breathe it back out. Our hearts draw blood in. Our hearts pump blood out. It is also the rhythm of embodied Kinship. By giving and receiving, we are set free, brought out of isolation and into the flow of God’s living water. Over time, the distinction between giver and receiver falls away. We are all One in this flow of love. “Whatever you do to the least of these”, Jesus said, “you’ve done to me”.
This Lent, we make space for questions that can deepen the vitality of our relationship with Jesus. I invite you to live with with these questions this week:
What are you receiving?
What are you willing to give?
Deep peace and blessing,
Rev. Anne Baxter Smith
Pastor, Church at Southpoint
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At Southpoint, it all begins with God’s love. Just as a plant grows, it receives sunshine, so we grow as we receive God’s love. At Southpoint, we are growing in our capacity to love God, ourselves, one another, and creation.
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