Stay refreshed, stay connected

RELIGIOUS REFLECTIONS

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Rev. Tim Pettey

We are all well aware that there is a water shortage this year. Obviously, much of our valley’s economy is dependent on irrigation water being delivered to the farm land and orchards.

As a plaque in the park across from the museum points out; the founders of Sunnyside organized in 1898 “To colonize, reclaim, and develop an arid valley…”

This would require delivering life-giving water into this valley.

The plaque also states that the founders of Sunnyside organized “to build a city under the influence of Christian people.”

This would require delivering “living water” into this valley.

Jesus said in John 7:38, “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (New Living Translation)

If we are going to keep the living water flowing to the spiritually thirsty residents of our valley, we are going to need to stay refreshed. As this summer begins I am emphasizing to our church family the importance of staying refreshed so we can keep the living water flowing.

If the living water is going to keep flowing we have to stay connected to the water source. It is our faith in Jesus that keeps us connected to the living water.

Summer provides some unique opportunities to stay spiritually refreshed. Spend time reading your Bible. Include a book that will feed your soul on your summer reading list.

And when you take some vacation time, don’t take a vacation from God. Visit a church when you are traveling. If you have out of town guests, bring them to church with you. When you are out in creation, let it inspire you and remind you of the Creator. Stay connected to the water source.

Keeping the water flowing is a key to a fruitful harvest.

Jesus used another analogy to illustrate the importance of staying spiritually connected. In John 15:5 Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (New International Version)

The fruit is found on the branches, but it all begins with the vine. Without Jesus, who is the vine; we cannot be healthy, fruit-bearing branches. No amount of effort on our part can produce spiritual fruit unless we are vitally connected to the life-giving vine.

But when we are connected to Jesus, we will bear fruit. That is what branches do.



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