Lection Connection - Spirit Sightings

March 15, 2020: The Well of Living Water

From Fraser Macnaughton

As the UK emerges from what is described by meterologists as the “wettest February on record,” the irony of today’s title Lection Connection cannot be missed.

While we have become used to pictures and reports of desertification in sub-Saharan Africa and devastating fires in many parts, it is flooding that is increasingly becoming the major concern for large numbers of people in many parts of the world. Too much water in the wrong places doesn’t resonate with Biblical motifs of thirst for many.

Thousands of homes and businesses across the UK were affected as a succession of storms surged across the Atlantic Ocean gathering rain clouds as they went, before dumping many centimetres of rain on already-saturated hills, which then sent water cascading down swollen river courses into bloated floodplains in many heavily populated areas.

Towns and villages were evacuated. Residents watched helplessly as their treasured possessions were engulfed and their motor vehicles swept away, down streets that had new rivers. Landslides have cut off roads and railways in some parts of the country. In some places, water levels rose by as much as 5.7 metres above the norm.

Weather watchers maintain that, in the past, such deluges during colder weather would have resulted in snow rather than rain, thus locking in the water and releasing it more slowly through melting, in a way that natural river courses could manage. Now with warmer temperatures seasonally, some places are experiencing a month of rain in 24 hours.

If there is any thirst here, it is not for more water but rather for a more robust government response, which thus far has been tepid. Prime Minister Boris Johnston has not thought it important enough to visit any of the flood hit areas, nor has the government responded in any meaningful way to future flood proofing plans or compensation for victims.


  • How does your faith community use biblical motifs, such as thirst, effectively in when such things are unknown?
  • If you were to follow Jesus’ example of using everyday events and circumstances to illustrate his point, how might you adapt this teaching to your own situation?
  • How might your community respond to people’s thirst for meaning, for companionship, for rest, for relevance, for affirmation and being valued?

In our conversations with others, especially strangers,
may we be open to listening to their thirsts,
meet Christ in them, and discover our shared thirsts
as we share the journey of faith together.

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