Walk with me in the Bible to John 7:37. On the last day of a weeklong “Feast of Booths”, Jesus stood in the temple courts and said “if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John, the gospel writer, goes on to say that Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit whom those who believed in him were to receive but the spirit had not been given because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Living water. A fountain of cool water always sounds refreshing in the dog days of summer. Jesus says come to me and drink and living waters will flow out of you. That’s why I was especially taken by the witness of one of our parishioners’ reflection on her time at ASD:
I pictured All Saints as a white fountain, with cold, fresh water coming from a very deep place. The water is so fresh because the fountain is directly connected to an underground source. It’s not a big fountain, fairly small and in a way rather simple. The water isn’t loud and splashing but fairly quiet and still. But it’s robust, cold, and bright. The water is alive, and is what makes it a stopping place for travelers. Many people stop to refresh themselves at the fountain. But whoever comes and goes, the freshness has to be guarded because it’s the heart of All Saints’ identity. Protect that freshness at all costs. Neither inhibit it, nor idolize and enshrine it, nor be discouraged by its simplicity — but protect it. It wants to flow freely, for many people.
This parishioner has been part of our church for over a year and loosely connected for much longer than that. She has served on staffs of other churches. I am grateful for what she has put in words such as “the fountain is directly connected to another source…and in a way rather simple…quiet and still…robust, cold and bright.”
She is right in saying that this freshness has to be guarded and protected. I hope this describes something about how you experience God at ASD.