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Water and the Word: Water in the Well

Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.

Genesis 21:19

If the water in the well

could talk to us today,

what story would it tell

of the people who come by?

Would it tell us of the women

who walk a very long way

carrying jars on their heads

dipping water for their families?

Would it tell us of the stories

shared by the gathering ones,

the familiarity of their daily routine

creating them as family, too?

Would it tell us of the way

people help one another

when those long in the tooth

struggle to fill and carry?

Would it tell us of the way

its gift of pure coolness,

banishes parched lives

and carries life itself?

Would it ask you and me

if we'd visited recently

and watched joy

as it spread from soul to soul?

I think it would.

© 2020 Todd Jenkins




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