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Which water....?

Bishop Paul (L'pool) spoke of four images related to water in the bible:
Broken, aged, "tired" and, if full of any water, it is usually brackish, unpalatable and likely to do you harm in the long run because it isn't flowing or connected to any source of life...

Demanding trust (you can't always see whether there's water at the bottom or not) hard work (you have to throw down your bucket and drag it all up) and a willingness to share (your water with thirsty strangers - and their parched animals). It's a big effort....

The holy well near Ruthin displays a trough of water which, at its centre, boasts a mound of water "bursting up", overflowing with life, healing and wholeness - and freely available to all those who turn up and recognise their need of this lifegiving water...

In the psalms are evidence of God's blessing of Zion - holy people gathered in a holy place seeking to serve a holy God. There is abundance of lifegiving water "bursting up" to demonstrate God's gracious provision....

WHICH image speaks to you of a church you know....?


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Sabbatical in summary...

My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’ 
Oh God, can those words be for me too?
How I long to hear them!
I’m not Moses, but I’m also on a journey – trying to follow Jesus.Some days, life seems like an unmarked wilderness,
and I’m not sure which way to go.
‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’
Yes, I hear you Lord. Help me to trust.Other days, I’m so busy that I don’t stop to listen.
I’m stressed and distracted and frazzled.
‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’
Yes, I hear you Lord. Help me to pause and take time for you.Then there are the days when I do remember.
I walk restfully in your presence.
How different those days are.‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’
Yes, I believe you Lord. Those words are for me. 
Your presence does go with me and give me rest.
Thank you Lord!Amen
Richard England