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Devotional Thought : John 7:37-38

October 29, 2006

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:37-38

At the writers’ conference I attended recently there were many workshops that provided factual information and helpful tips. There were also general sessions which provided inspiration and motivation. At one of these sessions, the speaker (Tracey Klehn) was talking about a trip she made to Paris some time ago. She had always wanted to see Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and had the opportunity when her husband went to France for some work commitments.

Surprisingly the thing that now stands out in her mind about visiting Notre Dame isn’t the cathedral itself but rather a boy who was there with his father feeding the birds. The boy stood with his arms reaching up and his palms facing heaven. His father placed seed in his hands and the birds came and ate. God spoke to her about her dependence upon him. Figuratively it’s as we reach out our hands towards heaven in worship, surrender and prayer that God is able to put “seed” in our hands to feed the readers that God brings to us.

This doesn’t only apply to writers, it applies to anyone God has given a gift, and isn’t that everyone? As we use our gift whether it’s writing, speaking, helping, or serving, it’s as we come to God “thirsty” and “drink” from him that he is able to cause “streams of living water to flow,” and provide spiritual water for those he sends to us.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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