“Jesus said to [the Samaritan woman], ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’”
In this devotional from the Henri Nouwen Society, Jesus’s loving presence in our hearts—even in the wilderness—is described as an eternal spring, welling up and overflowing with God’s love for us.
“In the midst of Lent I am made aware that Easter is coming again: the days are becoming longer, the snow is withdrawing, the sun is bringing new warmth, and a bird is singing. Yesterday, during the night prayers, a cat was crying! Indeed, spring announces itself. And tonight, O Lord, I heard you speak to the Samaritan woman. You said: ‘Anyone who drinks the water that I shall give you will never be thirsty again; the water that I shall give you will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.’ What words! They are worth many hours, days, and weeks of reflection. I will carry them with me in my preparation for Easter. The water that you give turns into a spring. Therefore, I do not have to be stingy with your gift, O Lord. I can freely let the water spring from my center and let anyone who desires drink from it. Perhaps I will even see this spring myself when others come to it to quench their thirst.” https://henrinouwen.org/meditation/you-are-a-spring-of-eternal-life/
God’s love for us overflows as an eternal spring. During this wilderness, drink deeply of this love, and share it with all those you encounter.
Grace and peace, Rev. Sarina