Saturday, January 20, 2018

Come and See

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that Jesus was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or “Why are you speaking with her?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and were on their way to him.
Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.” John 4:27-42

Come and See

I am far from perfect and yet
he asked me for a drink of water
he treated me as family not foreigner
made me welcome by understanding.

Flutters in my frail human heart
overwhelmed by the real welcome
carrying forgiveness and reconciliation
he lifted my burdens from my being.

Come and see that he did not shame
sharing a conversation  and kindness
making me know that we belong
together on the land of our ancestors.

We can be whole in our brokenness
mended in our very fragile fabric
reunited as a warring family
tears overflowing in thanksgiving.

Come and see and never be the same
hear that there is no wall or barrier
that the Divine can not overcome
there is no one outside of God's love.

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