Writing our Story

Do you know the story of the woman at the well? Jesus approached and talked with:

  • A woman who was alone (that wasn’t done)
  • A Samaritan (Jews did not interact with people from Samaria. Ever.)

In addition, this woman carried a lot of baggage. She’d been “married” several times, her relationships were broken, her life was a mess.

Jesus pushed the boundaries, looked beyond the surface and pulled people into new directions.

That’s where the peace of God is found.

I had the opportunity to hear Juliet Funt speak recently. (Her dad was Allen Funt of Candid Camera fame.) Part of what she shared was that when people are casual about what’s going on, we easily join them. When society is casual about supporting behaviors then it’s easy for us to accept and even participate in behaviors we might not, if we really thought about it.

It was the norm of the day that men didn’t approach and talk to women who were alone. It was the norm of the day that Jews and Samaritans were enemies. It was the norm of the day for people to marry, divorce, and live with multiple partners.

Jesus said that’s not the way to peace. Peace in our hearts, peace in our communities or peace in our world.

Juliet Funt says, “Legacy is a story about you that is yet to be written, but for which you hold the pen.”

Jesus says, “The water that I will give will become…a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)

Jesus offers a new way to write the story of our lives with forgiveness and compassion and mercy and peace. Let’s take a drink.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 am as we gather to share in the peace that Jesus gives.

Grace be with you,


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