Merciful God, the fountain of living water, you quench our thirst and wash away our sin. Give us this water always. Bring us to drink from the well that flows with the beauty of your truth through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
[Jesus] came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph... .
I'd just finished a black-and-white print! Eleven by fourteen! Old school! Darkroom, negative, enlarger, all the rest! And when I could, I took it out into the light to get a closer look! First thing I did was get it as close to my face as I could, looking at every detail! The grain that made up the film! The focus! The dust spots! And all the while, my dad stood there watching. After a bit, he came over, took the picture, walked across the room, leaned it against something on a shelf, came back beside me, and smiled. "Now, that's how you look at a picture!"
Unfortunately, more often than not, that's how we end up looking at the bible, as well. Not from a distance, but up close and personal! We stick our nose right into every page! Examining each tittle and jot; inspecting it letter by letter, word for word. Details, that's what we're after! Specifics! Particulars! But luckily, every now and then, we run into a passage - like the gospel for the week - just too big to take in at a glance! One that forces us to step back to see it all. And it's at times like that I hear my dad's voice, all over again. "Now, that's how you look at a picture!" Look at a picture or read a story!
Bob Barndt, pastor