The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can You get this living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:9-13)


I clicked through to purchase, excited about not waiting until Christmas to enjoy a gift for myself. In the press to complete the long task list that is “the season,” I was looking for one thing that was just right and just for me.


Sometimes I hope the special thing I find online will make me feel whole again, but then I remember the story of the woman at the well. The story of a woman who encountered Jesus going about her daily life reminds me that Jesus is what my soul truly craves.


The woman met Jesus during her daily task, the one that always needed doing and that exposed her to public ridicule: drawing water. She needed that water to live another day of a life that didn’t turn out how she’d expected. Jesus met her there in the heat and offered to quench her thirst — her real thirst; that part of her that was never satisfied before.


As you encounter Jesus this holiday season in the press of increased busyness, do you hear His invitation to come?


She threw all her questions at Jesus.

Did she expect Him to run off?


Jesus kept the conversation going, coming ever deeper, ever closer to the answer:

I am the One you’re looking for.

I am the One who quenches your soul’s thirst.

I can free you from your shame.

I am the One you were taught would explain everything.

I am the Messiah.


She believed Him, and she ran to tell everyone she’d been avoiding that she’d met the Life-Giver Himself.


As you encounter Jesus this holiday season in the press of increased busyness, do you hear His invitation to come?


That is Jesus’ invitation to you.

To come and receive life from Him instead of living life like you’re buying your own Christmas presents — patching something together to avoid disappointment.


Pray and Reflect

Read through John 4:1-30.

What would it look like to spend time with Jesus, the giver of living water, today?

How can He meet the deepest needs of your soul?


(written by Alison Wilson)

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at His holy hill, For holy is the LORD our God. Psalm 99:9

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