Prayer: Living Water, may we come to you rather than try to dig cisterns for ourselves. Amen.
Reading: Jeremiah 2: 4-13 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: The prophet Jeremiah points out that the people of Israel had committed two evils: they had forsaken (the LORD ), the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that could hold no water. (v. 13).
We have a cistern in our basement and I am glad to say we only use it for storage. I cannot imagine rainwater running off the roof into gutters and through pipes that would take it into that dusty, musty, leaky stone walled section of our cellar for us to then use for cooking, cleaning and drinking. Gulp? Not to mention, given the drought we have had this summer, I am certain that cistern would be empty even if we had rationed and conserved water. And here is another thing about that cistern in the cellar. I have not figured out how they got the water out to use it.
If the LORD is our source of Living Water, we don't have to try to collect it ourselves, worry about leaks, wonder if it is pure or ration it just in case. Living water flows to us plentiful and pure and more than enough for ourselves and to share. --Ruth Gates
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