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Lent 2011

Be Consumed

Day 22

By Emma Cantor, United Methodist Women regional missionary for international ministries with women, youth and children, The United Methodist Church, Ermita, Manila, Philippines.

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, 'Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

—John 7:37-39

Daw Dannu, a petite woman, carries her backpack full of paraphernalia for 10 days. She traveled 7 days to join the four day Bible Women Seminar in Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar (Burma). I marveled at her strength and fearlessness walking three days, with two days layover waiting for any land transport going to the city. I imagined the dark valley she passed by. I felt her tired feet submerged into the dusty, muddy and rocky little roads, stroking the sharp leaves of wild grasses up and down the hill. My shoulders began to feel hers, stiffed, numbed, and dislocated little nerves in her body by the weight of her luggage. When I asked what made her decide to tread the very long road, she said, "I am finding Jesus!"

"I am finding Jesus!"

This woman is searching that which is lost in her. She is returning to her God no matter what. Her search for the God whom she believes embodies the indignity of living, the difficult situations in which she lives, the restlessness of the human soul. She is seeking the connection of her soul with the Living God, paying homage to the Creator, brave enough to seek that which is lost. In her departure at the door where we all stood and said goodbye, she said, "Come to my village so that my people will also experience the Jesus that I have found in you."

The scriptures lead us to seek that which who was sent. In John 7:37-39 Jesus encourages us to come to him and be consumed by the "streams of living water," to experience the spirit of love and courage to face our realities and to become whole again. Jesus wanted us to repent and find solace in Him, only in Him.

Prayer

Jesus of Nazareth, teach us to repent of our sins of comfort and indifference. Teach us to bend our wicked ways and make us whole again. Lead us to seek and serve the lost and weary, for theirs is your Kingdom. Amen.

Last Updated: 04/15/2014
 
 

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