Hazel Patterson.” Living Water” Etching. 2001.
My etching is of old weathered cupped hands catching up fresh cascading water.
We don’t really appreciate the life giving value of pure fresh running water in a culture where we have a supply of clean drinking water at the twist of a tap.We can jump in the shower and at the flick of a switch have clean cascading hot water to wash away the sweat and aches of the days labor.The life giving blessing of a constant supply of clean water is taken very much for granted.We have to be really thirsty before we start to value how refreshing and life giving, water is.It is only the thirsty man who is satisfied by a long refreshing drink, and only the tired and dirty body that really appreciates the refreshment of bathing. ” Come everyone who thirsts, come to the waters…” (Isaiah 55 verse 1).
For those who thirst, get satisfied. The Psalmist describes God’ s home as a place where there is a constant supply of clean drinking water,a ” river of delights ” for He is the source, the very “Fountain of life.” He loves to supply His children abundantly.
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God!The Children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of your House,and You give them drink from the river of your delights. For with You is the fountain of life, in Your light do we see light.” (Psalm 36 verse 7 to 9)
“All who are thirsty, come to the waters…”