John’s Gospel is complex and wasn’t ever meant to be an accurate historical record of Jesus’ life and ministry. The stories in John are often more detailed and compelling, though unlikely to have occurred particularly as they are written. The story of the Samaritan woman who meets Jesus at the well is a perfect example.
Who knows if Jesus ever met such a woman and had a conversation like the one in John 4? There is much to learn from such an encounter – about Jesus and about ourselves. The woman went to the well in the middle of the day to avoid the scornful looks from other villagers. Yet, she found Jesus at the well.
In the midst of the confusing conversation about Living Water, the woman discovered something just as powerful as whatever it was Jesus was talking about, perhaps even that very Living Water itself. She discovered acceptance. Unlike the people in her village, Jesus accepted the fullness of who she was. Her previous five husbands and her current companion did not scare Jesus away.
He broke tradition and a few laws to show this woman her value and invite her to claim it. And to invite us to recognize and claim our own. Earlier this week I shared some spiritual practices that might help you along the way. Acceptance of ourselves and others can be an ongoing challenge.
As always, if this season in already heavy for you, do what you need to do to take care of yourself. These practices are suggestions if you are looking for new ways to engage with Lent this year. There is a lot happening in the world and in our community. It’s okay just to be still. In fact, stillness may be the best gift you could give yourself this season.
We continue this journey together. May your wilderness wandering be blessed with healing and hope.
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