Posts Tagged ‘Water’

The Poinsettia

February 10, 2012

I saw a poinsettia today; a left over from Christmas. It’s still very vibrant, red, and healthy looking.
All because someone takes the time to continue watering it.

Meanwhile, at the nursing home in which I work, I’ve seen many poinsettias that aren’t doing so well. Wilting, defoliated, and scraggly. Nobody seems to have the time to keep watering those ones. It doesn’t seem to be anyone’s job: The nursing staff (including me) is too busy taking care of the residents, the doctors are too busy diagnosing, the housekeeping department is too busy making beds and mopping floors, the activities department is too busy planning events and scheduling outings…. and these beautiful, vibrant plants are left by the wayside, ignored, left to fend for themselves; to die for lack of water, and are eventually thrown into the trash.

It only takes a mere minute to pour a cup of water  into the planter from time to time to keep the plant happy and alive.

And I can’t help but think that people are a lot like these forgotten poinsettias.

When you “water”, “cultivate” and care for someone they grow vibrant, healthy, and strong. Once you begin neglecting the person, they begin to starve, wither, and die both emotionally and spiritually. This is the major reason that divorce is rampant, homeless people waste away, and suicides are on the rise. Being cast aside makes some take solace in drugs and alcohol, street gangs, and adultery.

Although no singular person can possibly be responsible for everyone in the world, each of us can do our part to water and cultivate someone in our lives. Is it our individual responsibility to take care of people in that regard?

Absolutely!

According to Scripture, we are to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).  Jesus even illustrated the importance of helping one another — even strangers —  in His parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

People are poinsettias: Richly coloured, living, breathing beings that need to be cared for. And if we take a moment to think, I’m sure each of us can identify at least one person in each of our lives who is dying from lack of watering, Sonlight, and cultivation. The new divorcee next door; the abused kid down the street; the lonely widow in your congregation. Perhaps it’s a colleague who just got “downsized” from his or her job. Or a teenager who just learned she’s pregnant and her boyfriend dumped her.

We all need some watering and love. And, even though we can’t help the entire world, we can at least make a difference in the lives of those whom we do know. “Watering” a person doesn’t take a lot of effort: Invite them to accompany you to a community or church event. Take them out for coffee once each week just to chat. Help them with transportation, or child care, or yard work. Mentor them, attend support groups with them. Get involved, even just a little bit.

A simple cup of water on a regular basis is all it take to keep a poinsettia alive and healthy; and a simple act of kindness and caring on a regular basis is all it takes to keep a person alive and healthy.

And above all, share the love of Jesus with such ones, as He is the best strength for their weakened state.

Peace, and Amen.

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Water and Wine

October 12, 2010

It never ceases to amaze me how consistently the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ. This past Sunday in my adult Sunday school class I was made aware of yet another Old Testament “marker” that foreshadowed Jesus Christ:

In the Old Testament the first miracle that Moses performed was that of turning water into blood (Exodus 4:9). In the New Testament is Christ’s first miracle of turning water in to wine (John 2:7-9) —  keep in mind that wine is symbolic of Christ’s blood (Matthew 26:27-29).

This gave me something to seriously ponder later in the day:

1. Jesus is known as “The Living Water” (John 4:10-14). Also, it is His blood (“wine”) which saves us (Ephesians 1:7). Therefore He is both water and wine for us.

2. The Living Water and the (blood)wine tie in together when water and blood poured out of Jesus Christ when he was crucified (John 19:34).

As I pondered this, I remembered something else: In some faiths who claim Christianity they offer communion with only plain water, not actual wine or grape juice. It’s as though they are accepting Him as the Living Water, yet omitting His blood as the means of Salvation.

You cannot accept His Living Water while at the same time ignoring His cleansing blood, it is an incomplete belief!

In some other faiths who claim Christianity they omit communion from their worship altogether. However, scripture speaks of true Christians as taking communion (Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 10:16), and that the taking of communion proclaims witness to the Lord’s death until He returns (1 Corinthians 11:26). Therefore, to eliminate communion means to stop proclaiming His death as a means of Salvation.

A Christian should proclaim His death if for no other reason than that it is the way of Salvation!

It’s a package deal; if you believe in the Salvation of Jesus Christ you must accept the water and the wine and actively pursue that belief by accepting them in your worship.  You can’t “a la carte” Salvation; there is no provision for such a thing in the scriptures. You either believe in the water and wine and proclaim it, or you don’t. There is no fence position; you are either FOR Christ or AGAINST Christ — because those who are not FOR Him are AGAINST Him, there is no middle ground (Luke 11;23). In other words, you cannot be both. Either be for Him fully, or not.

And…those who are against Christ will be put under His feet! (Luke 11:23, 20:43)

This give pause to seriously think:
Do you truly believe in Jesus Christ the Living Water, and Salvation through His Blood?
If so, do you participate in practicing communion?

If you truly believe in the Life Giving Water and the Blood of Salvation, why shouldn’t you participate in the proclamation through communion?!

Praise be to the God who gave us these provisions!
Praise be to the Son who agreed to die for us puny humans!

Please get off the fence if you are on it. Choose a side; if you don’t then it will be like choosing the wrong side anyway. You either choose Christ completely, or you don’t. And He sees it; there’s no fooling Him.

Amen, and God Bless.


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