Woman at the Well
John 4: 9-10
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.
Lord, I’m like the woman at the well. I pretend to myself that all is fine, when I know in my heart that it is not fine at all.
Lord, I want recognition, not denunciation. Lord, I want respect, not contempt. Lord, I want acceptance and belonging and not rejection and ridicule.
Lord, I want peace in my heart, not guilt in my soul.
You offer us all living water; I want that water. I want to be real, really real with you. Trouble is Lord, being real means me being me with you, and I don’t think I can bear to be really myself with you. That’s too frightening!
Lord, you promise living water which means we will never ‘thirst’ again. So, if I give you all my wants will that be the real me being honest with you?
Father God, I offer you all my feelings of rejection, ridicule and guilt. Pour your living water over me so that I can be true to you and true to myself, and really be me in your presence.
Touch my heart with your acceptance, so that I know I belong to you. Amen.