Jesus said to her, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (Jn.4:10)


Heavenly Father, the season of Advent has a way of supersizing things. The “hopes and fears of all the years” get highlighted, like neon lights plugged into high voltage power lines. What we really, really want, and what we’re really, really like, both get ramped up and often collide with each other.

We want life, family, and our own story to unfold in a certain way. The problem is, not everybody wants to follow our hopes, script, and dreams. For they too have their own. Alas, we can be like porcupines trying to cuddle on a cold winter night. When we get close, we hurt and hurt each other. Then we create a bit of distance, and try again. It never seems to be quite enough.

How we need you, Father, and everything you gave us at Jesus’ first Advent, and everything you will give us fully at Jesus’ second Advent. Today, and all the way through Christmas day itself, please make these two realities more pressing than anything or anyone else.

   The wonder of Jesus’ great love – Why was Jesus born? Why did he live and die for me? What is this deep thirst in the core of my being? “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’” (John 7:37-38)

   The wander of my longing heart – Where do I go when Jesus is not enough? Where does my longing, wandering heart take me? Who or what am I expecting to satisfy my insatiable thirst?  “My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jer. 2:13)

Truly, Abba, you have made us for wonder, but we are prone to wander. But Hallelujah…  you are even more prone to seek and find us. So Very Amen.