On the combox of my post, “Don’t Go to a Hardware Store for Tomatoes,” Beyond Blue reader Anne Costa wrote:
Reminds me of the woman at the well. She went looking for the counterfeit, second rate kind of living water and found the real thing… I’ve come to discover the well is within me and I have, with God’s help and grace, found a way to love myself by receiving His love?. I am the bakery, He is the Bread of my life.
I thought that was really beautiful, and ironic, too, because I had just written the following reflection on the Samaritan woman for a Lenten compilation of writings. Since tomorrow is the first day of Lent, I thought I’d share it on Beyond Blue …
She does just as spiritual author Henri Nouwen suggests in his bestseller, The Inner Voice of Love:
It is not easy to stay with your loneliness. The temptation is to nurse your pain or to escape into fantasies about people who will take it away. But when you can acknowledge your loneliness in a safe, contained place, you make your pain available for God’s healing. God does not want your loneliness; God wants to touch you in a way that permanently fulfills your deepest need.
That’s what we are called to do in Lent: to face our innate loneliness … the restlessness within that drives us away from God’s peace; the yearning for a better job, house, or roommate; the constant jockeying from yearning to yearning that leaves little room in our days for serenity and gratitude. We are called to be still, and to ask Jesus for a cup of his living water, the only thing that can truly sustain us in the way we so desire.