“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” Revelation 22:17

Christmas often brings our deep longings to the surface. We yearn for peace in our world and in our relationships. We crave joy, deep long-lasting joy. We yearn for fulfillment, for meaningful purpose for our days on earth.

At Christmas — at least we hope — that petty arguments, selfishness, and greed can be set aside. But even “the Christmas spirit” can’t erase the anger, envy, and pride that fills our hearts and our world.

God’s invitation to come resonates in our hearts. We are thirsty.

Jesus told a Samaritan woman, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).

Nothing this world offers can satisfy the thirst of our souls. Only God — the One who created us for relationship with Him — can fulfill us.

God invites the thirsty to receive His free gift (Isaiah 55:1). Jesus offers water that truly satisfies. Jesus offers forgiveness of sins to all who repent. In Him we can have a restored relationship with God both now and eternally and the Holy Spirit inside us to teach, comfort, and guide.

Believers are the bride John describes in the book of Revelation. Let us join with the Holy Spirit and invite everyone to come. We know the One who can satisfy their thirst.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for freely giving yourself for me. You are the water of life. There are so many thirsty people all around me. Show me how to invite them to come to you. Amen.


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