Friday, January 22, 2016

Meditation for January 22, 2016

John 4:22-23 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.

Many people have a pretty clear conception of God—God is a person, somewhat like you and me, with a plan for each of us. My own understanding of God, on the other hand, is much hazier. I am uncertain about how to describe God, and I don’t really know what Jesus is talking about when he says that we will all worship in spirit and in truth. I have more questions about God than I have answers. I’m the woman at the well: I worship what I do not know.

I hope I can also be brave enough to approach God the way the woman at the well does. As the verse points out, “Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.” Still, the woman is not afraid to question Jesus when she speaks to him. She may not have all the answers, but she is open to truth from wherever it may come.

O God, you prepared your disciples for the coming of the Spirit through the teaching of your Son Jesus Christ: Make the hearts and minds of your servants ready to receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit, that they may be filled with the strength of his presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.