"God, before I ever took a step toward you, you came to us in the flesh through your Son Jesus. By your Word and Spirit, may I encounter you now. Amen."
Song for Reflection: Your Love Never Fails
Scripture Reading: John 4:1-26
Today is one of the longest stories recorded in the Gospel of John - when Jesus visits the Samaritan woman at the well. John's Gospel is well-known for its many miracle stories that reveal the "glory" of God and that are recorded so that you and I - and other readers of the gospel - might believe in Jesus and come to have life in his name. Given that purpose, this story stands out. There is no big miracle, or at least, the kind we'd be looking for. No healing of blindness. No resurrection from the dead. No turning of water into wine. So why is this story so important? How does it reveal the "glory" of God?
believe that the real glory and beauty of God revealed in this story is that God's love cannot be contained. In Jesus, God had taken on Jewish flesh in Jesus. He came first to the lost people of Israel. This woman is from Samaria. They worshipped God in a different location. They stayed away from Jews and didn't associate with them. And on top of that, she has a checkered and broken past. And she carries that shame around with her, hiding it from those who get too close. Yet none of those religious, social, or personal boundaries are barriers for Jesus. He is the Messiah, the Savior, God's Chosen One who can bring new life to everyone! And so he crosses all those boundaries just to encounter this woman. He doesn't shy away from her broken past, but names it. He offers "living water." That's the real miracle: God's desire to personally seek her out overcomes all the boundaries we, and our world, have put up to keep God out.
In Jesus, God meets people where they are at. Today where are you at spiritually?
How does Jesus connect personally with the people in this story?
What do you sense is God's invitation to you today?
"God, thank you for making me and pursuing a relationship with me. May I seek after you today. In Jesus' name, Amen."