The Lectionary texts for this Sunday have a couple of stories about water and thirst. In the Old Testament lesson, the Israelite people complain about the lack of water and God provides water for them (Exodus 17:1-7). In the Gospel lesson, Jesus meets a woman at a well where the conversation, not surprisingly, turns to water.
In the Old Testament the story is about literal thirst and water, also about God’s power and a few other things too. The Gospel lesson is more about thirst and water as a metaphor for what we need the most.
So what is it we need the most? We can’t live without water but we can’t really live without a sense of meaning and value either. If we turn to a water fountain (if we can find one) or our faucet when we are thirsty for water, where to we go when we thirst for meaning and value? The sermons this Sunday are about exactly that. Let me know what you think.