Gathering in a group. People coming together to visualize. To dream of a new way to do church.
Starting with scripture; a story about Jesus encountering the Samaritan; the “other” of society. The not us, but the “them” Not just any Samaritan, but the female Samaritan at the well. Not just any Samaritan woman but the one with the history. The one who had five husbands. The woman who currently “Has a man, who is not her husband”.
Jesus offers this woman living water knowing her past; aware of the possible shame associated with her way of life.
Through reading this scripture I am reminded of another woman’s story. She told of her homeless experience. That in the depths of her despair she performed acts, did things for a warm shower and a safe place to rest her head for a night. She said she felt shame from her past actions. I couldn’t help but ask myself the question, “What would I have done if put in the same position?
There but for the grace of God go I….
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 4:13-15 NRSV)
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
With this woman’s face in my mind her story ringing in my ears, I start drawing…This spring of welling water has the promise of a better life an eternal life. This healing liquid takes away the need of having to keep returning to the well to quench the human thirst. Thirst for love, thirst for acceptance…. thirst for peace and calm…contentment; thirst for a haven to rest one’s head.
With a piece of white paper and colored pencils we begin. Slowly at first, then with more focus and intensity. A rhythm is formed, a pattern emerges of” gushing fountains of endless life.” (John 4:14 The Message). High arching water starts from the center reaching high then spraying out onto the ground beneath it. Over and over the arch is drawn; water gushing forth. Then another pattern appears. A heart shape is formed in the center.
Love is at the center of this Holy Fountain. Healing is gushing out for all.