A renewed life

There’s something marvelous about watching a parched plant revive with water. Once, when I briefly neglected the one on my kitchen windowsill, I found it limp and drooping. But just a few hours after watering it, I noticed how completely it had recovered, its stems reaching skyward, as though offering praise for the gift of life.

Yet plants, like all of us, “thirst again”—as Jesus once told a woman drawing water from Jacob’s well (see John 4:7–30). Who knows how many times she’d visited that well, seeking liquid life. How many times have all of us thirsted to renew our lives, marking the start to a new calendar year with a reinvigorated dedication to eating better, working out, detoxing, and decompressing?

Learning the not-so-hard way
January 3, 2022

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