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Satisfying our thirst

The prophet Jeremiah refers to the Lord as the “fountain of living water.”  To a desert people, water was a constant thought and need.  No wonder the Hebrew Bible contains so many metaphors of longing for God as we long for water. The thirst for God, conscious or subconscious, is universal. Christ offers us the way to quench that thirst with the same living water he offered the Samaritan woman. His offer is not abstract or wistful; it is not a one time offer, but remains “on the table” for us. It is real if we will only make/take the time to be Present to His Presence.

Sperry Glacier, Sperry Chalet Glacier National Park

Sperry Glacier, Sperry Chalet Glacier National Park

Living Water and the Wallowa Mountains of NE Oregon

Meg and I traveled up the Lostine River road this Friday and set up camp at the trailhead to Maxwell Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of NE Oregon.  We took a five mile roundtrip training hike up the trail to test our gear and bodies for a major multi-day  backpack in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of northern Washington with younger son Michael and his wife, Sara at the end of the month. The hike was challenging as we faced a major raging creek crossing as well as downed logs on the trail. We also crossed many calmer, more gentle streams.  The water stimulated my thinking about both the protection the Lord gives as well as the sustenance, physically and spiritually, we receive from water.  Here are some pictures reflecting that theme.

“Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.  But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.  It becomes a fresh, bubbly spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
John 4:13,14