Wellspring

Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. — John 4:6, NLT

Two words stare at me from my morning

scripture reading: tired and wearily.

Jesus is well acquainted with our lives,

the daily difficulties, the simple truth

that a body gets tired and needs rest

and nourishment.  And just as I am

comforted by the resonance of His weariness,

knowing He understands the heaviness

I carry, He turns the story to someone

else, one who required spiritual rest

and nourishment more than He desired

to quench His own real and felt needs,

and I am humbled in a new way, a deep

nudging begins in that part of me,

that remnant of soul that is open

to such hard truths — the weariness

and thirst and discomfort I feel

should heighten my awareness

of the privation of others instead

of becoming a selfish focus, a withdrawing

of gifts. Even as I am resting beside

a necessary wellspring of refilling,

I can offer some part of myself

to another whose deprivation rivals 

or even surpasses my own gnawing need.

—C.L. Fisher, January 2021

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