Thirst, Christmas in July, 25JUL
Christmas the Crab finally has emerged from a month rest, a hibernation of sorts. He disappeared long enough to make you worry that he was not going to re-emerge…
He did. I didn’t worry too awfully because he did the same last July… but still… was he ever going to come back up? It was like…, waiting for Christmas! (LOL)
Today. I heard that familiar clunk of his shell against the food and water dishes. Whew! Hooray! Today of all days for Christmas the Crab to emerge is 7/25, Christmas in July…. (not making this up, really!!!…)
Christmas is thirsty…
Hermit crabs carry water in their shells in addition to using it for protection. Christmas stretched his limbs out, scooped in the new water. Thank God for water. Stockpile it for later too.
A Living Water kind of thirst…
My friend came over to learn about a new sewing project – making dresses for Africa for our missionaries to deliver. Gifts are always appreciated, hope is delivered just as much as gifts. In addition to the dresses and shorts, our missionaries are working to satisfy the THIRST of the people – teaching so that NEW people may hear about forever living, about salvation thru Jesus Christ, our LIVING WATER. Perhaps they have heard about Jesus, but maybe not. Perhaps their thirst for knowledge will be sparked.
How can we help? We can be missionaries from home, we can be mission-minded sewers for helping the sowers of the Word… Making these dresses is going to be a great hands-on project for my friend and myself, joining a few dozen others. Many hands make LIGHT work. Sewing is super therapeutic, our hands are busy, eyes focused, ears happy with the roar of the stitches and our minds decompress… whew… we thirst for rest too… for help while working thru life… Sewing is good.
Helping is good.
Hope is good.
Knowing that we can make a difference all while quietly decompressing is golden…
Visualizing our handiwork to travel across borders makes my heart smile.
Knowing the Word of Jesus is spread makes my spirit leap for joy!
Thirst. See, we all thirst to be productive, to make a difference and to know it matters. Granted dresses might be sourced elsewhere but within these dresses we have stitched personalized prayers for the recipients. We send a visual reminder that strangers across the globe really do care about them. We pray for them to help them make a difference in their own worlds and simply to live better. Our prayers are for them to feel like Christmas morning with a new outfit. More importantly, we hope that with the teachings of the missionaries that they continue to know not just the Christmas morning feeling but the Christmas forever feeling – to know the gift of the Lord Jesus, to understand that He quenches the deepest thirst.
We thirst, and Jesus quenches…
We travel, and Jesus delivers…
We sew and sow, for Jesus IS the present.
No better time to reach for Living Water than Christmas in July…. Reach out for Jesus, ask for His gift, He is willing to share!!!
Christmas the Crab has emerged to reach and refill with the life-sustaining water. We too thirst, and Jesus’s Living Water is all we really need… What a gift!!!!!
John 7:37-39 (NLT)
Jesus Promises Living Water
On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him.
John 4 (NIV)
Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman
4 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”