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O God, with you is the well of life, and in your light we see light: Quench our thirst with living water, and flood our darkened minds with heavenly light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Look  at this closeup image of tidal waters. What is the first thing that you notice?  Now look more closely.  At first what appears to be almost monochromatic varies with light and dark. Stones and shells that absorb the sunlight, others that brightly reflect it.  Notice the surface with suggested waves and motion.  What do you see?

Reflect.  We often take water for granted, failing to appreciate its beauty in different settings.  Consider the many everyday uses in your own life for water.  Think about a time when you had a profound thirst for what Jesus called “Living Water.”  How did that feel?  How do you satisfy such a thirst?

Act. Today identify a way that you can help lead someone to the source of Living Water, to satisfy a deep longing for contact with the Divine One.  If that is not possible, learn something today about limited access to pure water, suffered by masses of impoverished people in the world today.  Then take a step to help.

Thanks for taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed Lent.

Music: “Ambient Sonata”  /Album:  Ambient Sonata  /Artist: Dee Yan-Key

Image:   “Tidal River ”   /Place: Eliot, Maine  /Photographer: Jon Shematek