“Jesus answered: ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up (overflowing) to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
 
   Summer is finally upon us, and with it come activities you have been looking forward to for months. Walking barefoot on the hot sand under the blazing sun… A 5K run up rolling hills… Getting a suntan lying next to the pool… Eighteen holes of golf on a beautiful sunny day... A 25-mile bike ride up steep mountain trials… Mowing the lawn on a sticky summer day…? 
 
   I don’t know about you, but I’m getting thirsty just thinking about all that physical activity under the summer sun! Summer is the time when we truly appreciate liquid refreshment, whether it’s a quick drink from the hose while working in the yard, a cup of cool water gulped down after a sporting event, a pitcher of lemonade enjoyed on the patio, or a tall glass of iced tea after a day at work. Yet all these drinks only quench our thirst for the moment.
 
   The thirst summertime brings gives us a greater appreciation of the conversation Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. The Middle Eastern climate is often sun-beaten, dry, and dusty. It’s easy to see why Jesus’ offer of a water to end all thirst sounded pretty good to the Samaritan woman. But while she was thinking about water to meet her physical needs, Jesus was offering so much more: himself as the living water of eternal life, meeting her deeper needs for love, peace, forgiveness and salvation.
 
   Of course, Jesus gives this living water to each of us to quench our thirsty souls.  Yet as we pursue all the summertime activities it’s tempting to neglect our relationship with our Lord. So it’s important to drink from the water Jesus gives you as you spend time with him in prayer, thanking Him for his beautiful creation as you walk along the beach. Or as you read God’s Word while getting that suntan by the pool. And as you have your thirst quenched each week at worship whether here with our congregation or at another church while on vacation. By doing this, the water Jesus gives, becomes in you a spring of water that fills you to overflowing.
 
In Christ’s love,
 
Pastor Steve