(Red-letter portions of the New Testament)

John 4:14, "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.”

Jesus tells us that our soul will never thirst, if we take what He is offering. What Jesus offers is like living water and it can become a constant well of refreshment that even brings eternal life.

Wouldn't we want that? Many people don't. Rather than having a constant source of refreshment, like a faucet in our own homes, some prefer the sense of adventure, looking for other sources of refreshment. They prefer the thrill of the hunt, the risk, the danger, and sense of excitement.

However, like the prodigal son, that journey ends in the desert of deceit. The tongue becomes parched and sticks to our cheek. Suffering cotton mouth, we long for any kind of refreshment, any time of refreshing, just a breeze.

St. Peter preached, "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence (the face) of the Lord." (Acts 3:19-20)

He said that refreshing comes directly from Jesus, personally delivering to us that refreshing living water of the soul, like He did the woman at the well. When the presence of Jesus comes to us through the Holy Spirit, we are bathed in refreshment.

Not only that, there is another promise attached. "That He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things." (Acts 3:20-21)

Jesus, who has ascended into heaven, 40 days after His resurrection, will be sent back to us. He not only can refresh us now, by His Spirit, but He will return to take us to be with Him. There we will never thirst again, into eternal life, just like he told the woman at the well.

Turn to Jesus that times of refreshing may come to your soul, like a well that never runs dry, from Jesus' presence, now and forever.

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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