The Bible often refers to Jesus as being by the lake.

“Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake … (Luke 5:1). “One day [Jesus] got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’” (Luke 8:22).

There is something calming about sitting or standing by a lake.

Marla and I walk along the shores of Grand Lake and often find ourselves just standing and looking out at the water. We may not say a word to each other for a while; soaking-in the serenity of the moment.

When we are boating, I like to go fast, but Marla would rather sit anchored in a cove and relax. Either way, we always feel at home around the water.

So much of our life involves water, but we may not think about how necessary it really is. Our bodies need water to sustain cellular life. We need water to cleanse our bodies and our environment. We need rain (although not too much of it) to sustain plant life that provides oxygen and food. Water is necessary for life.

I like fish. I like sushi and cooked fish alike. When I have a chance to get all-you-can-eat fried catfish, I think the restaurant is going to demand that I leave after the fourth or fifth helping, but I find it hard to get enough. Without water, we don’t have fish.

Sometimes when I have been out working in the yard and get very thirsty, I can feel my body craving water as if life itself depends on it. Life does depend on it.

In the story of the woman at the well, Jesus explains that literal water is not the only drink necessary for life. He uses the phrase “living water”, and explains that anyone that drinks this water will “never be thirsty again.” (John chapter 4).

As literal water is necessary for our bodies to survive, the living water of Jesus is necessary for our spiritual survival. As the old saying goes: “Know Jesus, Know peace; No Jesus, No peace.”

We believe everyone needs a relationship with the source of all power in the universe. We believe that source is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Holy Trinity, one God. Like a refreshing, life-giving drink of water, the love of God pours into the hearts of believers to soothe, nourish and heal. Open your heart to God, and drink of the water of life.

You are always welcome at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. We are a vibrant and loving community of faith, and we are part of the New Jesus Movement.

Blessings and Peace,

Fr. David+

Rev. Dr. David Bridges is the pastor at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grove. He can be reached at frdavid@standrewsgrove.org.