17: Living water #Lent2021

Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (John 7:37-38)

I don’t do prayers often, but I do believe that God and Jesus are real. I don’t know whether that is knowing God or not.

I love the feel of water. I just love the feel because when I am doing cannon balls, it first feels like getting whacked but just for one second and then the water rushes all over you and you get to do a long slow siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiink under water. The water catches you like a big net and you feel better because it slows you down. When you do that slow sink deep into the water it feels like the water is healing you a bit – it helps you feel so much better. I love the feeling of being surrounded by water instead of air. You can be calm and settle in slowly. If it’s too noisy the water blocks out all the loud sounds. And then when you want you can do a big jump to spring up again.

I like how things look under water – when you look under water you can see all sorts of other things I didn’t know about.

I love how I can always find my way to pop up to the surface again even if it’s so deep that I can’t touch the bottom. Ω

Imagine: You are standing on the bank of a beautiful slow-moving river. The water looks cool, clear and inviting. There are no submerged rocks, no hidden snags: just a deep river pool. Do you want to jump in? What, if anything, is holding you back? When you are ready, take the plunge. Feel yourself falling through the water. Below the surface, open your eyes. What do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear? What Biblical words or images come to mind?

What is this? Lent is the 40 days, excluding Sundays, before Easter. Traditionally it is a time of intense reflection and pilgrimage. To help you on this journey, Sanctuary has put together 40 stories from people both within and beyond the congregation, with associated questions for reflection and prayer. A reading will be uploaded every day of Lent.

#Lent2021. Real People, Real Stories: 40 Readings for Lent, Sanctuary, 2021. Image credit: Rachel Coyne on Unsplash.

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