Lent day 21


Theme: Thirst


John 7:37-44

On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and shouted, “If you are thirsty, come to me and drink! Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you, just as the Scriptures say.” Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit, who would be given to everyone that had faith in him. The Spirit had not yet been given to anyone, since Jesus had not yet been given his full glory.

When the crowd heard Jesus say this, some of them said, “He must be the Prophet!” Others said, “He is the Messiah!” Others even said, “Can the Messiah come from Galilee? The Scriptures say that the Messiah will come from the family of King David. Doesn’t this mean that he will be born in David’s hometown of Bethlehem?” The people started taking sides against each other because of Jesus. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him.

Reflection prompts

  • What in your life feels like water— thirst-quenching, healing, renewing?
  • What leaves you thirsty?


God of renewal, you invite me to the water’s edge. You invite me to drink big, messy, two-handed gulps of your living water. You invite me to wade in, to float, to no longer feel thirsty. I want all of that. I want it more than I can say, but I don’t know how to get to the river. Show me the way. Amen. - Prayer by Rev. Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC |

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