Celebration of Hope: Day 1

Water is essential to all life. Yet there are many places in which clean water is scarce. During this first week of Celebration of Hope, we set our focus on water and seek to learn more about how we can help children and communities around the world that lack clean, accessible water. Meanwhile, in our devotional time let’s explore a few places in which water appears in the Bible—whether actually or as a metaphor—and listen for what God has to say to us about the life-giving and life-sustaining gift of water. 

Thirsty

Read Matthew 10:40–42
 
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
 
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
 
 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
 
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ”
 
Reflect
 
Jesus spoke these amazing and mysterious words to His disciples toward the end of His life. He seemed not to have wanted any confusion about what His followers were to do once He had left to return to the Father—they were to love others. And Jesus specifically identified giving drink to the thirsty as a tangible example of how to care for those in need. Seeking to provide water to the thirsty is still one of the most basic ways we can love others.

 

  • Notice each of the needs Jesus identifies in this passage. What do those needs have in common? Why do you think Jesus specifically identified those needs?
     
  • Focus on the line, “I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.” Why do you think thirst was on Jesus’ list? What is God’s invitation to you as you reflect on this passage?
     
  • Each time you drink water today, say a prayer for those in the world who don’t have water. To make your prayer more specific, pick a country or location where water is scarce and pray specifically for the children in that place. 
Respond
 
Father, thank You for the life-giving and life-sustaining gift of water, which is so easily accessible in my life. I pray for the children, families, and communities in our world that lack clean, accessible water. Protect them, sustain their bodies, and give them the strength they need for today. Show me how I can give drink to the thirsty and help provide water to those who need it. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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