We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on April 20, 2016.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for giving water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. May we thirst for it alone. Amen
Reading: Revelation 21: 1-6 (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: What do you look for when you are thirsty and where do you look? Fancy beverages can quench a thirst in a fun way. Perhaps that is why there are coffeehouse just about everywhere. Yet simple, plain water may be the most refreshing and easiest to find, at least for those with a pure water supply.
What did Jesus receive on the cross when he said, "I thirst."? Vinegar on a sponge. How awful! But this is what God says in our reading today: To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. (Rev. 21: 6) How wonderful!
Let's thirst for what really gives life and let's look for it from God.
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