Drink Deep from the Waters

Deer and waterFrom God sweeping over the deep waters of chaos at creation to Israel’s crossing the Red Sea, from Jesus’ life beginning in the waters of a womb to his offering a woman water to drink at a well, from Jesus feeding his disciples on a seashore after the resurrection to the waters of the River of Life flowing beside the nourishing trees in garden of the New Heaven and New Earth in the closing chapters of Revelation, water flows through the stories of the Christian faith, washing over us and reminding us of water’s essential contribution to life and the new life. 

Our iChapels are opportunities for us to reflect as a community on how faith and life and education intersect in sustaining and restorative and revealing ways.  This years’ reflections will focus specifically on the life-offering and faith-refreshing gift of water as an essential element of our spiritual and religious journeys as we explore, together, this year’s theme of “Drink Deep from the Waters.”  In addition to attending to the central role that water plays in the Christian tradition, we will, occasionally, reflect on those converging moments where the confluence of the Christian story and other traditions’ stories of faith flow together through their common use of water as fundamental to faith and a whole and holy life.

I am very much looking forward to our sharing in faith and conversation over the coming academic year.  I am more than delighted that you are back on campus or have joined us for the first time.  And, I awaiting with joyous anticipation the journey we are about to share, as we navigate the waters of life and the spirit this year.

To shape our initial ponderings, I offer the lyrics from the beautifully introspective hymn “As the Deer,” a hymn taken from Psalm 42: 

As the deer pants for the water,
So my soul longs after You.
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship You.

You alone are my strength, my shield,
To You alone may my spirit yield.
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship You.

Have a wonderful start to your week, semester, and year.

I will see you along the way.


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