Living Water



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…”

“As the Deer longs for flowing streams”

“The psalmist describes the soul’s longing for fellowship with God, as an intense thirst for flowing water, like a deer who reaching the point of exhaustion, “pants for the water brooks” (Psalm 42 v 1)

As The Deer 4

This sensitive noble creature has the light footed grace to scale the mountain heights (Psalm 18 v 33) yet the deer comes to the point of fainting before it reaches renewal and drinks from refreshing streams. If it can find the river’s source it’s thirst will be quenched and it’s strength renewed.

In psalm 42 David says that his soul has come to the point of collapse yearning for the presence of God, yet he still has confidence that at the point where all human energy is exhausted God will meet with him and pour out His refreshing presence.

In my etching, the figure is naked and still. There is no hiding place from it’s Creator. The hand of God is stretched out to give streams of refreshing, waterfalls of grace, and the shy deer watches on. The heart shape in the deer reflects the human heart ‘s longing. The psalmist encourages us not to loose heart.

” Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise Him,

my Saviour and my God” ( Psalm 42 v 11)