9th January 2017

Standing Knee-Deep

“Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s for that person. Don’t tell your neighbour ‘Maybe some other time’ or ‘Try me tomorrow…’”
Proverbs 3:27 (MSG)

Since hearing country artist Kathy Mattea singing her version of the song, Standing Knee-Deep in a River and dying of Thirst! in 1993, it has been one of my favourites. She sings of friends who are taken for granted, sweethearts she had known, and a wonderful world of strangers just waiting for a friend or someone to help, while we turn our eyes away. In the little brochure contained in the CD’s plastic container she comments about this track saying, “It’s one of the paradoxes of our culture—we’re standing knee deep in a river, and we’re dying of thirst. We’re just looking at everything but the water.”

You know, there is so much in life that we take for granted and despite the horrors and the woes that exist on our beautiful blue planet at the present time, there are also many hundreds of things that will inspire us on our journey through life. As author Annie Dillard once wrote, “The world is fairly studded and strewn with unwrapped gifts and free surprises…cast broadside from a generous hand!” Every day throughout each year we are bombarded with things of beauty, like pastel sunsets, the majesty of snow capped mountains, the flame of autumn colours, the smell of wood smoke, the beauty of flowers, the smell of fields after rain, new born babies and many, many more pleasures. Now, we can ignore them or embrace them, but they do exist and are available for us to enjoy.

We also need to recognise the beauty in other people, those who are thirsting for just a “Hello” or a smile, which cost us nothing. I believe that the conscious awareness of these opportunities can help us appreciate life itself. As the old song says, “If I can help somebody as I go along, then my living will not be in vain.”

I guess that too many of us go through each day parched and empty, but if we could only reach out to others, who knows what treasures we might find in them and how much joy that would bring our Father as a result. So, come on—let’s get in the water and share some of it with others! What a great new years resolution that would be!

Great Father, make me an open vessel from which your Spirit flows freely. Allow me to share these flowing waters with all who are lonely, parched and empty at this time; to the praise and glory of your name.

Study by Cliff Neill


About the Author: cliffneill
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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