March 24 (Friday)

Theme: “The water that I will give” (John 4:14)

A description of a community of Christ:

The disciples whom Jesus had chosen
began to baptize as many as came to them,
and as many as were baptized in the name of Jesus
were filled with the Holy Spirit.

Those who were baptized in the name of Jesus
were called the church of Christ.

Adapted from 3 Nephi 12:10-13  [LDS 26:17-21]
Compare Matthew 5:6

Reflection:

“Blessed are those who … thirst for righteousness.” Jesus—Your church is a community of people who thirst for righteousness, who long to see your justice, peace, and compassion reign on earth. We have pledged, in the rite of baptism, to work for the fulfillment of your mission. In the Beatitudes, you promise us that our thirst for righteousness will be satisfied—that we will “be filled.” The Book of Mormon teaches us that, as baptized people, we have been “filled with the Holy Spirit.” Is that how the Beatitude’s promise is fulfilled? Does the gift of your Spirit quench our thirst for righteousness?

Now that I’ve thought that question through, I’m not willing to accept “yes” as the answer. I trust, Jesus, that there are certain thirsts in my life you intend to quench by giving me your Spirit. But how could your Spirit quench my thirst to see justice, peace, and compassion done on earth? If that thirst is genuine, then my basking in some kind of personal outpouring of the Spirit couldn’t possibly satisfy it. The only thing that can satisfy that thirst will be seeing justice, peace, and compassion done on earth. So if I want to quench that thirst, I know what I must work to make happen.

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March 23 (Thursday)

Theme: “The water that I will give” (John 4:14)

Part of a personal testimony:

I went to the forest.
My soul hungered.

I knelt before my Maker
and cried to him in supplication.
All day long I cried to him,
and when night came, I still raised my voice high.

Adapted from Enos 1:4-6  [LDS 1:3-4]
Compare Psalm 63:1

Reflection:

God, my Maker—There are times when I hunger or thirst for you. For the past few days, I’ve been reflecting on passages in which you promise to fill that hunger or quench that thirst. I place faith in that promise. But how often can I honestly say that I feel quenched or filled?

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March 22 (Wednesday)

Theme: “The water that I will give” (John 4:14)

Words of invitation:

Come, everyone who thirsts—
come to the waters!
Those who have no money—
come obtain wine and milk without money, without price!

Do not spend your money on what has no worth,
nor your labor on what cannot satisfy.
Come to the Holy One of Israel,
and feast on what does not perish.

Adapted from 2 Nephi 7:99-101  [LDS 9:50-51]
Compare John 7:37-39

Reflection:

Jesus—You told the Samaritan woman that the water you offer will leave us endlessly satisfied. Today’s Book of Mormon reading says that you offer this water for free, to whomever is willing to come. Today’s reading from the Gospel of John suggests that the “water” you offer us is the Spirit.

The Spirit alone can satisfy—how does that work? What kind of satisfaction are you promising? From what other sources might I be inclined, misguidedly, to seek satisfaction?

The Spirit flows out of the believer’s heart like rivers of living water—flows out to where? To accomplish what?

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March 21 (Tuesday)

Theme: “The water that I will give” (John 4:14)

A retelling of a sacred story:

By the power of God,
Moses struck the rock, and water came forth
so that the people of Israel could quench their thirst.

The Lord their God, their Redeemer, went before them,
leading them by day and giving them light by night,
doing all things for them that were expedient.

Adapted from 1 Nephi 5:111-112  [LDS 17:29-30]
Compare Psalm 78:12-16

Reflection:

God, our Redeemer—When our life journey takes us into deserts, you journey with us. When we do not know which way to go, you lead us along. When it is dark, you give us light. When we are thirsty, you make water flow out of barren rock.

How strongly do I trust that those metaphors are true?

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March 20 (Monday)

Theme: “The water that I will give” (John 4:14)

Part of a vision and its interpretation:

The angel said to me:
“Do you know the meaning of the tree that your father saw?”

I answered:
“It is the love of God,
which sheds itself abroad in the hearts of the human family—
the most desirable of all things.”

He said:
“Yes, and the most joyous to the soul.”

After he had said these words, he said: “Look!”
I looked and saw the Son of God
going forth among the human family.

I saw that the iron rod my father had seen
was a representation of the word of God,
which led to the fountain of living waters,
or to the tree of life.

I saw that the waters
and the tree of life
represented the love of God.

Adapted from 1 Nephi 3:62-69  [LDS 11:21-25]
Compare Revelation 21:9-10; 22:1-2

Reflection:

God—Your love is a gushing fountain, a river, running so quick and clear it looks like glass, flowing out from you, branching into tributaries and streams capable of reaching every human heart. Your love is a fruit tree, constantly producing, never out of season—a tree made even more useful by the fact that its leaves have medicinal properties. Your love refreshes and revives. It nourishes. It heals. Praised be!

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