John 4:5-42

Lenten Reflection Day 25 (Mar 18): THIRST (from John 4:5-42).

SONG: All Who Are Thirsty by Vineyard Music:

POEM: Jane Hirshfield: A Well Runs Out of Thirst (excerpt): A well runs out of thirst the way time runs out of a week, the way a country runs out of its alphabet or a tree runs out of its height … A person comes into the kitchen to dry the hands, the face, to stand on the lip of a question.

QUOTE: Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr.: Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

Lenten Reflection Day 24 (Mar 17): HOUR IS COMING (from John 4:5-42).

SONG: Jesus Is Coming Back by Jordan Feliz:

POEM: Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Coming (excerpt): Because the time is ripe, the age is ready, Because the world her woman’s help demands, Out of the long subjection and seclusion, Come to our field of warfare and confusion, The mother’s heart and hands.

QUOTE: Winston Churchill: To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.

Lenten Reflection Day 23 (Mar 16): BELIEVE (from John 4:5-42).

SONG: Believer by Imagine Dragons:

POEM: Mahogany L. Browne: Country of Water (excerpt): I know who I am because I believe it / The breath in my chest / Insistent in its choice / The skin that I’m in / The bones and blood and veins / It carries like a promise

QUOTE: Anne Frank: It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Lenten Reflection Day 21 (Mar 14): DRINK   (from John 4:5-42).

SONG: Drink Water by The FeelBetterMinnesota:

POEM: Laura Cronk: Thirst (excerpt): I’m pouring water from cup to cup. This is the water we are meant to drink with the other animals. There are daffodils by the water, a road leading from the water to the shining crown of the sun.

QUOTE: Rumi: So come! Drink! Return to the root of the root of your own soul.

Lenten Reflection Day 19 (Mar 12): DRAW WATER  (from John 4:5-42).

SONG: Draw Me a Bucket of Water by Bessie Jones:

POEM: Edith Wharton: The Mortal Lease (excerpt): Because our kiss is as the moon to draw The mounting waters of that red-lit sea That circles brain with sense, and bids us be The playthings of an elemental law, Shall we forego the deeper touch of awe On love’s extremest pinnacle …

QUOTE: Henry David Thoreau: I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! there I meet the servant of the Bramin, priest of Brahma and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges.

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