Here’s A Thought for March 2

As a medical chaplain, I was taught about the importance of drinking lots of water in the recovery process of our patients. Why was I taught to encourage our patients to drink lots of water during their hospitalization? Well, 60 percent of the human body is water, which is little wonder when you find out why this fluid is so vital to your body’s function. Each day, the body must replace 2.4 liters of water, mostly through drinking water and consuming foods with a high water content, even when we are sick.

Apparently if you don’t drink enough water your body can’t assimilate food to produce energy as well, and it turns it to fat instead and your body requires a minimum amount of water each day to function normally. Also, water acts as a lubricant for our joints, regulates our body temperature through sweating and respiration, and helps to flush waste and toxins. The maximum time an individual can go without water seems to be less than a week.

With this in mind, let now reflect on the words of Jesus: “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 4:14)

Spiritual speaking do we live within a hot and very dry desert? As daughters and sons of Adam and Eve were we born thirsty? Is this thirst mirrored in our angry, hateful, envious, racism, sexual immorality and perversions, cheating, stealing, drug abuse, terrorism, stingy, lazy, prejudice, dysfunctional families, schools, churches, and local, state and federal governments?

With the Psalm writer we prayerfully say: As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God! (Psalm 42:1) As in the nature, so in the spiritual. We need an abundance of the water of the God’s grace, forgiveness of sins, and peace offered to each and every one of us in and through his Word — the Sacred Scriptures.

As I journey through life’s desert, my soul longs for the steams of my baptismal water, where God washed away all my sins and he announced to me “Your sins are forgiven. Depart in peace.” My soul longs for living water flowing from Christ’s Sacred Meal… wherein I receive the complete remission of all my sins.

As a redeemed and forgiven sinners we are thirsty for God’s Living Water, which is Christ Jesus; Who’s refreshing our souls with his everlasting love, forgiving and renewing grace flowing to us through God’s Means of Grace, his Word and sacraments.

May we join in spirit with Samarian woman in her prayerful request: “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty….” As we continue our 2018 Lenten journey with Christ our Wellspring as we pray: “I need You, oh, I need You; every hour I need You; oh, bless me now, my Savior; I come to You.”

Now, I ask you: “Are you thirsty?”

Chopp is a chaplain emeritus, MDiv, BCC, from Marshall