Water, Cool, Clear, Water

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 King 19-21; John 4:1-30

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,14 but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will never be thirsty and will never need to come here to draw water!” (John 4:13-15, Common English Bible).

When I read the story of “The Woman at the Well,” my mind almost always goes, immediately to two things. The old Hank Williams song. I borrowed the title for the post. Willams sings, in part:

The shadows sway and seem to say
Tonight we pray for water…. cool, clear water
And way up there He’ll hear our prayer
And show us where
There’s water… cool, clear water

There is little that can satisfy the thirst within us on a hot summer day than water, cool, clear, water.

The second thing that comes to my mind is two trips I made to Canada when I was a teenager. I have mentioned them before in this blog. Right across the US-Canadian border from Minnesota is a Canadian Provincial Park, probably about the equivalent of our national forest but a more intense experience. If you like to rough it, go here!

One of the things I remember most about those two trips is the water. It wasn’t just cool, it was cold! It was also deep and clear. The water was so clean and clear we literally drank it straight from the lake. We would be paddling along in our canoes and we would find ourselves thirsty. So, we would pull the paddle through the water, hold the paddle in the air with the handle side down and let the water run off the blade into our mouth. I loved the taste of that water. Cold, clear, water.

I know this isn’t the water Jesus talked about with the woman at the well but I do think it is the water he was asking for when he first sat down and she came out to the well. She starts asking questions about why he would ask a Samaritan woman for water. The Jews and the Samaritans did not get along. The Jews saw the Samaritans as half-breeds (I don’t like the term but it is how the Jews saw them) who had let foreigners corrupt the bloodline of God’s chosen people. It seems to me, if you are thirsty enough, it doesn’t matter who you get your water from. What you want is water, cool. clear, water.

As the woman talks with Jesus she really doesn’t get it. She wants to get away from the drudgery tasks of her life. She wants some time to just kick back and relax. We all want that. The world does show that some of us do get more of that leisure time than others. It has always been that way. It probably always will be that way. The best we can do is have a drink of water. Cool, clear, water.

The story doesn’t really say if the woman figured out what water Jesus was telling her about when he talked about living water. What she did find, however, was a man who would talk to her and tell her what she had been and what she could be whith his living water. Cool, clear, (living) water.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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