Ears Are a Gateway to the Heart

Psalm 78:1. "Hear my teaching, O my people; incline your ears to the words of my mouth." Several years ago, I spent a summer participating in a pastoral care internship. As the summer progressed, I realized I was really doing…

Where Do You Get That Living Water?

John 4:11. "The woman said to [Jesus], 'Sir, you have no bucket and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?'” The Samaritan woman’s question about living water is not just a question; it is also a…

Prayer Begins When the Words End

Psalm 62:1. "For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation." One Sunday, years ago, I knelt to pray before the liturgy began, as was my usual practice. I always had something to tell or ask…

Secondhand Faith or Firsthand Experience?

John 4:42. "[The Samaritans] said to the woman, 'It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.'" There’s a…

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