Ash Wednesday, March 2 / Day 1  

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters… — Isaiah 55:1a 

How do you quench your thirst?

It often depends on availability and preference: at a birthday party the only option may be punch, and perhaps you like lemonade but cannot stand iced tea.

But coffee, tea, pop, and juice are supposed to be treats rather than sustenance, secondary to fresh, clean water. Doctors even recommend we drink eight glasses a day to stay healthy.

Sometimes thirst is not a physical need  but an emotional one. Do you turn to drinks that contain alcohol or sugar or caffeine when you are stressed or tired or need a boost or want to calm down? Do you become dependent on them to get you through the day? Maybe you half-jokingly declare: “Do not talk to me before I have had my _____.”

What about spiritually?

Psalm 42:1-2 says, As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Do you crave God when your soul is parched, or have you become too easily satisfied, consuming whatever is available to quench your thirst in the moment?

God offers more. Come…everyone who is thirsty. Come to the waters. Come and drink of the Living Water.

Do you want that? To desire what God   offers, we all must stop drinking the things on which we have become overly dependent. To desire what God offers, we need to let ourselves thirst again.

To Think/Pray About Today

Have you become dependent on alcohol, sugar, or caffeine to deal with emotions? In what way do they “satisfy”? What do you think would happen if you stopped?

Are you thirsty for a deeper relationship with God? What do you need to set down or stop in your life so you have room to explore that more fully?

Prayer Focus: Barber of the Ville / Mayor Tony Pergram

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