Stop and Listen
Church News | Monday, 20 March 2017 |
Nothing much has changed so it seems as in Jesus’ time the Jews and the Samaritans had been arch enemies for some 500 years. The Jews considered the Samaritans to be unclean…
The story of the Samaritan woman at the well is subject to a very unusual occurrence. At the 10.30am service Revd Julie in her address remarked on the story, saying how upon reaching a Samaritan City called Sycher Jesus, tired from a long journey sat alone by a well on the edge of the city. It was very hot in the middle of the day, but a woman came along to draw water from the well, called Jacobs well.
Much to the woman’s surprise, Jesus spoke to her and asked her to give him a drink of the water from the well, something very unusual for a Jew to address such a woman. However, this feisty woman didn’t appear one bit phased by this man, even questioning him about not having a bucket! Jesus tried to explain to her about the ‘living water’ of life, something the women felt she would love to have, even though she probably didn’t quite understand what Jesus had told her. Nevertheless she said ‘Sir, give me some of this water so that I may never be thirsty again’ – it appears that she told many people in her part of the town about the ‘living water’ and actually became one of the most prevalent evangelists’ of the time. Revd Julie said that Jesus can reach out to everyone and just like the woman at the well, we should pause to listen.
So too, at Evening Prayer, Revd Carolyn agreed that some of the Psalms that we need to say and hear, often carry messages from the Holy Spirit that we may not particularly like, but she reminded us that in many of the psalms there is a stand-alone word ‘selah’. It’s an unusual word that is dotted here and there throughout the psalms. The meaning of the word is rather vague, reference books giving a selection of interpretations however, Revd Carolyn thinks the most likely explanation is ‘pause’. Pause during the singing of the Psalm perhaps for an instrument to play, or for the singers to rest for a moment or even to pause to think about what the psalm was saying to them. Mabey, like the woman at the well, we might stop now and again to digest the words said through the psalms and the readings just to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us… Selah