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2018 August message

Dear members and friends of St. John’s:

Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

In time and with water, everything changes.
Leonardo da Vinci

I believe that water is the only drink for a wise person.
Henry David Thoreau

For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.
Sandra Postel

These thoughts and feelings from are a reminder that water is essential to life.

Some of you know that I work out on a regular basis at the YMCA. Part of my routine is running a mile. Unfortunately, the air conditioning unit that cools the track has not been working,

Fortunately, I am heeding my wife Laura’s good advice. She reminded me that it is wise to drink water and lots of it. So, I am drinking more water, and less sugary junk.

Proper hydration is essential and especially important during the summer months. Even in the heat and humidity on that track, it feels like I haven’t lost a step.

There is no life without water. And there is no spiritual life without living water.

In a sermon, King Duncan asks:

Is your soul thirsty? If you lived in Palestine in biblical times, "thirst" would be a very real concept to you. The Bible was written in an era without air conditioners, water coolers, or refrigeration of any kind. And, it was a hot, dry, desolate land in places. Folks knew how it felt to be thirsty.

They knew what Jesus meant when he said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” The good news it that they could take the most sordid “deserts” of their lives to him and find streams of living water.

Duncan points out that “it may be that some sin in your life is keeping you from being what God created you to be. Whatever it is, you must come to grips with it, do battle with it, and with God's grace, conquer and overcome it.”

In other words, we need proper hydration in and through Jesus and less sugary junk. Our point of contact is prayer, contemplation, reading and reflecting on scripture and doing good deeds.

The good news is that with time and living water, there will be changes. And, we will be transformed.

In Christ’s love,

Rev. Mark

Rev. Mark Katrick