August 27

Jeremiah 2:9-13

“for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.” vs. 13

Jeremiah’s descriptive image tells the whole story. In forsaking the Lord Israel had replaced the fountain of living water with cracked cisterns of their own construction that couldn’t even hold water. It’s a familiar tale for the people of God…we see it happen again and again. We are born in the image of God and equipped for lives of service and love in a bountiful and beautiful creation. Sustained and nurtured by the Divine Presence, the fountain of life within us, we can live fruitful and abundant lives and enjoy the blessings of a loving community until the end of our days. We are promised a wonderful life! But the ways of the world have a seductive appeal and many develop an appetite for pleasure, wealth, and power. They spurn the living water and seek other sources for their fleshly satisfaction, ones of their own manufacture…and these become their gods. But it never works! Those substitutes for the Divine Presence haven’t the power to bring satisfying peace and joy. Their cisterns crack…the polluted water drains away. Some return to the Living Water and the Divine Presence is resurrected…joy returns. But others never come back…they live out their lives in a barren search for that which lies within them. But even for them resurrection lurks…and ultimately will have the last word.

Thought for the Day: Where are the cracks in my cistern? 

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