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Lent Devotional 3/9/17

Good morning!  Our Lenten devotional for today was written by Karen Lindsey who serves as the Associate Director of The Center for Career & Professional Development.  It’s been a pleasure getting to know Karen over the course of the past several years.  I have always appreciated her kind, warm, and energetic personality.  She is the type of person who has never met a stranger and is always eager to share a fresh and new perspective.  She is a wonderful colleague and a trusted friend.  I was excited to see what she might write for her Lenten devotional and she didn’t disappoint.  I trust that you will find her words for us today to be reflective, challenging, and meaningful as you continue on your Lenten journey.  Peace be with you…

John 4:14 (NKJV)
“but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never be thirsty. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Have you ever been thirsty? Whether it’s yoga, running or a cycle class, I know I need water before, during and after a workout to sustain and fuel my activity. I have tried Gatorade and other drinks to quench my thirst. There are even flavored waters or the kind with electrolytes that are advertised as being a substitute for just plain old water.  Sometimes we fill our water bottles with these substitutes or even allow them to sit empty. Yet, I have found that nothing truly replenishes me better than good, long, deep sip of pure water after a workout.
It’s been said that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. I try not to wait until I feel thirsty but in the course of a busy day, week or month of working out—it suddenly creeps up on me and I am thirsty. I am grateful that water is so easily available to me.  It’s not always in a fancy bottle or flavored. I can simply go to the tap and out flows the water. During this Lenten season, I am reminded of how much we need to regularly partake of the Living Water to avoid dehydration in our lives. May we admit that sometimes we are a little dehydrated but can be refreshed in prayer and the Word. How will you quench your thirst? As I reflect on this Lenten season, my prayer is:
Dear Lord, let us allow the Living Water to pour into hearts and souls. May your hand touch the dry bones of our faith.  Allow us to sip and drink deeply of your Word and your forgiveness for those things we have done that have caused you sadness and those things we should have done that would have brought you joy. Remind us often Lord, that when we are feeling thirsty that we are already dehydrated and simply need more of you. Bring us back to that place where we are no longer thirsty. We seek to quench our thirst by immersing ourselves into the streams of grace, hope, fasting and prayer. Oh God, refresh our souls and let us journey toward revival in our daily lives, on our campus, in our local communities and in our interactions with others. Thank you for loving us enough to let us drink in this time of reflection, restoration and renewal as we faithfully rejoice that the resurrection is coming!


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