We began this study with creation and God calling forth all that generates life. We’ve reflected on how water cleanses, protects, and promises. Water has helped us see that even when we believe we are trapped with no way out, God can make a pathway through the very things that threaten us. Water is a powerful, hope-filled metaphor for our longing for God. In baptism, we come to know who we are as beloved children of God. Water is the gushing forth of the Spirit and our call to follow Jesus in serving others. We bring our reflections on water to a close with a passage that describes the promised new creation when:
Jesus “will be [our] shepherd,
and he will guide [us] to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes.”
The Bible, the story of our faith, begins with water creating life. It ends with a river of water that generates new life in us, nourishing and healing us for all of time. The beginning of our faith story describes Eden, a home of creating waters that we lost. The book of Revelation ends with a description of our new home, a home with God and waters that re-create and bring joy. All of life is contained and held in the Life-Giving waters of the Giver of Life!