From Mere Existence to Abundant Life

"Anyone who drinks the water that I shall give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life" 

John 4:14
Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95:1-2,6-9; Romans 5:1-2,5-8; John 4:5-42

Sermon Week/Year

Third Sunday of Lent, A

When a young woman attempted to take her own life, she left a short note explaining why she was doing it. She gave several reasons, but one sentence stands out. She said, “I don’t have the strength it takes to go on just existing.” Fortunately, she was discovered by one of her friends, rushed to the hospital, and her life was saved. Her life was turned around through sound therapy and a profound spiritual awakening.

When we stop to fully comprehend what that girl was saying — “I don’t have the strength to go on,” many of us can understand and identify with her feelings of depression and despair. But somewhere deep within ourselves, we know that life is more than mere existence — more than mere survival — more than just making it through the night only to discover then comes another day of merely existing. There must be more to life than this!

The Gospel of John celebrates how God’s Presence in Jesus…

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