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We are thirsty for many things.

What do you thirst for today? Why do you thirst for this thing?

Might this thing tell of a deeper thirst?

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Listen

Come, let’s sing out loud to the Lord! Let’s raise a joyful shout to the rock of our salvation! Let’s come before him with thanks! Let’s shout songs of joy to him! The Lord is a great God, the great king over all other gods. The earth’s depths are in his hands; the mountain heights belong to him; the sea, which he made, is his along with the dry ground, which his own hands formed.

Come, let’s worship and bow down! Let’s kneel before the Lord, our maker! He is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, the sheep in his hands.

Psalm 95:1-7a

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Think

God thirsts to be in a relationship with all of creation. Likewise, creation thirsts to be in relationship with its creator. Today, we worship and praise God because God creates and quenches this thirst.

As Psalm 95 states, God is the rock of our salvation. God is the one who saves us and gives the water of eternal life. God is the one who ensures that we are forever reconciled back to God and to one another through Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. In Christ, God demonstrates great love and care for us. Christ shows that God will stop at nothing to ensure we always stay in relationship.

As people of God’s pasture, we walk with the shepherd, speaking truth to everyone we encounter. We share the source of our true thirst with those who know they are thirsty but trying to quench their thirst in the wrong ways. May God’s living water flow to us and through us to others — for as the psalmist says, “He is our God, and we are the people of his pasture.”

Kellie Wilson

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Pray

Thank you, God, for creating and loving me as well as the people around me, the mountains, the valleys, the seas, and the vast depths of this universe. Thank you for both creating within it all a thirst for you and for providing water for your thirsty creation. It is a joy to have you as our God and to be your people. Amen.

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Go

We all thirst for a sense of identity and mission. We thirst to know who we are and what we are called to do.

Ultimately, it is God who tells us we are beloved. This good news is water for our thirsty souls.

Now go and give this water to the thirsty.

Go and let others know they are beloved through your words and actions.

Kellie Wilson

Kellie Wilson is the Canon for Christian Formation and Leadership Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. In addition, she is a Spiritual Director for the National Happening Committee and a volunteer with Family Promise of the Midlands. She lives with her husband, son, and black lab and loves listening to youth and young adults share their faith stories.

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