Preparing for Worship: Wells, Not Fences

Preparing for Worship: Wells, Not Fences

John Haralson   •   June 9, 2017

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;          
          my soul thirsts for you;           
          my flesh faints for you,          
          as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

King David, Psalm 63

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Jesus, Matthew 11


Dear Friends,

Every year around this time, my wife and I feel the cumulative exhaustion of the school year. Both of us work full-time, and our four kids are pretty active. All six of us are pretty wiped out. Netflix and Costco Food Court hot dogs are a pretty sweet combination these days.

Like many of you, we are leaning forward towards summer vacation right now. We are weary and dry, and could use some rest and refreshment.

Regardless of how you are feeling at this moment, the reality is this: life in our fallen world is difficult. The Bible compares the journey of faith to the Israelites’ 40-year long slog through the desert. We are wearied and worn out by good things (our relational commitments, our work commitments) and we are worn out by hard things (our sin, the sins of others, and the brokenness of the world).

Yet, in the desert, God walked with his people. He provided them with food, water, direction, and covering. And, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus dwells with us as the water of life, the bread of life, and our Helper and Defender. 

This means that the heart of the Christian life is drawing deeply from the well that is Jesus himself. In him, and in him alone, do we find rest and fresh, cool water to quench our parched souls.

This week: Wells, Not Fences, Luke 6:1-11.

Liturgy is here

I hope to worship with you.

Warmly in Christ,

John