Sunday, September 30, 2018
Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty.
There truly is no end to thirst in this life. None. Desire never ends. It is always there at the base of every other wanting in our lives.
This is who we are. We are created by Infinite Love, fashioned in the image of Love Unlimited. Just so, we thirst for Infinite Love, longing for union to know … to feel … to bask in … and savor the sweet smile of the Love who is beyond all others.
And wonder of wonders, it happens. Moments arrive when we know our souls being bathed in the Love who is and was and ever will be.
It is then and only then that the wanting ends, but only for the time of knowing, only for the moment when the heart is totally full of Love, leaving no room for desire. There is only the knowing.
Who knew this could be? Who knew the soul’s endless craving could ever find satisfaction in Infinite Love? And who can predict the exquisite moments when graced awareness overwhelms us with the Love who is always there for us, the Love who never ceases wanting us.
Give me this water, asked a woman by a well as she listened to the stranger who stopped by to quench his thirst. She speaks for all of us: Give us the water that quenches the unrelenting thirst to know Infinite Love.
Give it today. Give it now. And give it always. For our thirst, however satisfied in this moment, always returns and will return, Holy One, because the ache within us is the echo in our soul of your desire for us.
You desire that we should drink of the Love you are … and find rest for our souls until we rest fully and forever in you. Full hearts, at last.
Pr. David L. Miller