Today’s Author: Steve Sveom

John 4:1-42

“A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink.’”  John 4:7

Are we aware of encounters with Jesus while we are going about our daily business? I’m guessing that if you are like me, you aren’t always mindful of Jesus’ presence.  

The woman went to the well to draw water. It was a typical thing to do, although she apparently wasn’t well-accepted by others since she went to the well when she would usually have been alone. On this day though, she had a life-changing encounter with Jesus while going about her routine.

In our worship life, we encounter Jesus in the common – in water, in bread and wine, and in the word proclaimed and shared.  

The possibility to meet Jesus is always there in our ordinary living. It could be a momentous incident like meeting a future spouse, or being led into a new path at work. It might be an easy to miss small act of kindness from someone we love or by someone we have never met before. It could be in the comfort we find in a time of need. It could be in meeting someone new or in sharing a blessing with a friend. A phone call might provide an encounter with God’s grace. A child might bring joy. A small victory or even a defeat might bring us to a place where God’s presence meets us. A challenge might be the occasion to meet Jesus. Often, it is during the course of the ordinary, daily events that God’s gracious presence calls to us.

Our theme for the season is “Come and See.” We have the opportunity in the routine, ordinary experiences of life to “come and see.” “Come and see” what God has in store for us today…in our ordinary life.

Prayer: God of grace, open our eyes and hearts to your presence among us.  May we encounter Christ during our routines of this day. Amen.

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