Wednesday Words – Water

July 15, 2020

Pr. Paul Cannon

Wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish, once these waters reach there. It will become fresh; and everything will live where the river goes. 

Ezekiel 47:9

My family would die without water. I don’t mean that in the literal way (of course, we would all die without water), I mean it the colloquial way (like a teenager saying, I would die without my cell phone). This summer has been hot, and raising a family of natural redheads, we are not inclined towards sunshine to begin with. Anything above 70 degrees and I’ll take a rain check (did you catch the pun?).

With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees the past few weeks, the theme for us has been singular: WATER. Kids driving you crazy inside the house? Turn on the hose. Bummed that the zoos and museums are closed? Go to the beach! It’s a simple formula, if something needs fixing, try adding some water and see what happens.

We know that water is the key to all physical life on this planet, but all this makes me wonder if it’s not just as important to our spiritual life.

Our theme for Sunday is Rivers and Streams, and we’ll be talking about all the ways that God brings life through water. First and most importantly, this spiritual water comes to us through baptism. In our baptismal waters we are made clean and renewed to face the scorching sun of our daily lives.

In more ways than one, being around water refreshes the soul. If I asked you to think of your favorite place in the world, a great many of you would think of a place near water. I would bet each one of us could recall a fond memory of being in, around or near God’s greatest gift, water.

This week, we are asking you to think and reflect on where you encounter water in your life – not just through the tap or the showerhead, but out in nature – and how has that water changed you?

So dive in (ha!) with us this week as we play in the waters of God’s river.