In the New Revised Standard translation of Scripture, the word “Water” is found in the scriptures 707 times. The translations I most frequently use in worship show: 617 times (New International Version), 700 times (Common English Bible), 636 (King James Version).
Nowhere else in scripture is water more important than in Genesis (31x) and Exodus (33x):
God’s outpouring of joy and love creates and consecrates a universe, a world and a people.
The “Waters” are separated & bring forth life
Well Waters marked territory & place, defined a people
Springs of ‘living’ water are places of refuge, hiding, restoration
Waters are used to purge & purify
Expansive, troubling Waters (symbols of chaos) are for “Coming Up Out Of” & “Crossing Over”
Water is used to seal contracts, promises, & covenants
Water is used to welcome & show hospitality to offer someone a drink of cool water is sacred.
Whether it’s a drink of cool water or calm, level-headed listening, we have been called to be a people of promise, a people of welcome.
What’s the water you offer to the world? And how do you offer it?
Do you know where your ancestral-people’s “well” is so you can be refreshed?
Do you visit that well daily?
And when you fellowship with each other, do you sit back and raise a glass to God and to the Spirit’s presence in your relationship.
“Cheers! And may God bless you and refresh you with this sip of cool water.”
A Glass of Water – May Sarton
Here is a glass of water from my well.
It tastes of rock and root and earth and rain;
It is the best I have, m only spell,
And it is cold, and better than champagne.
Perhaps someone wall pass this house one day
To drink, and be restored, and go his way,
Someone in dark confusion as I was
When I drank down cold water in a glass,
Drank a transparent health to keep me sane,
After the bitter mood had gone again.
Water – Philip Larkin
If I were called in
To construct a religion
I should make use of water.
Going to church
Would entail a fording
To dry, different clothes;
My liturgy would employ
Images of sousing,
A furious devout drench,
And I should raise in the east
A glass of water
Where any-angled light
Would congregate endlessly.