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Take a Sip of This

She is as close to the earth as she can be. Her body is as dirty as the very muddy ground that she kneels on to get water from the well.

A Jewish man, who is Jesus, approaches her and asks for a drink.

She is surprised by his willingness to ask her, a Samaritan woman, for a drink from the well. She has a history, she thinks. She is filthy with sin.

Yet Jesus makes a point of talking to her (John 4:1-42).

He shows love to this woman in a society where the Judaeans and Samaritans do not even like each other. It was also not common in this society for a man to speak to a woman.

Sometimes it is hard to accept that God loves us unconditionally.

In this world, love often comes with conditions:

I will love you when you lose 10 pounds.

I will love you when you are in a good job.

I will love you when you buy and apply the right makeup.

With God’s help, I am learning to accept love that is not based on any performance of mine.

It is a love that embraces my filthy, sinful self.

As parents, we must model God’s love to our children.

My husband and I have recently started telling our daughters, Abigail, almost 3, and Claira, 5: “I love you no matter what.”

I am hoping my two girls will come to accept this unconditional love even as they sit in the soil of their own sinfulness.

Unconditional love is difficult to drink in.

But if we decide to sip this water from the father, we will never be thirsty again.

 

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