Pastor Joseph Huston
Sunday Morning Worship 9:15 am
Children’s Sunday School 9:30 am
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (June-August)
Parsonage Phone (517) 646-6530
The recent period of hot weather along with the lack of rain reminded us all of the importance of water. Farmers watched their fields bake in the sun. Gloria Gambill, Jean Creyts and I made sure the new butterfly garden by the church drive was watered everyday. There were public health bulletins about the dangers of heat exhaustion and the importance of staying hydrated.
Public cooling centers were opened for people without air conditioning. Peggy, my sister, Lee, and I were in New Mexico where it was REALLY hot and dry. The combination increased the danger of dehydration so that we took water wherever we went. Water is essential to life.
Jesus lived in an area of the world where people had a scarcity of water. Indoor plumbing with an easy access to fresh water was an impossible dream for most. They were reminded simply by the reality of everyday life of water’s importance. Jesus drew on that appreciation in his teaching and preaching. In his conversation with the woman at the well in Samaria (John 4: 4-42) Jesus spoke of living water springing up within her.
This is a reminder to us of the importance of cultivating a deep spiritual root system so that we can absorb the living water of Christ and keep our souls well hydrated. This calls for the basic spiritual disciplines of daily prayer and study, especially of the Bible, and regular worship with the church family. Otherwise, many of us know from personal experience, we can become spiritually dry.
However, this does not need to happen. No matter how hot and harried life may become God offers us living water in Jesus Christ. We can grow and flourish
just like the new beautiful butterfly garden in spite of the heat and drought.
Blessings to you all. I look forward to seeing you at church this Sunday!
PS – Please pass the water!