My all time favorite text, the woman debating with Jesus, resulting in the longest conversation in the Bible between Jesus and anyone. I love this reading on so many levels, such richness to delve into. So many layers to unfold. No doubt I am preaching on this text. I think I will use some of the thoughts from Brene Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.” In this book she speaks about her research on shame and what it means to authentically own our life stories, thus freeing ourselves from the secrecy of shame, and becoming a more whole person in the process. This book speaks deeply into my life and resonates, I think, with the woman at the well and her encounter with Jesus, who leads her to embrace her authentic self, without shame.
There are many other directions one could take with the readings for the third Sunday in Lent, whether one is preaching from the Revised Common Lectionary or from the Narrative Lectionary. Where are your thoughts leading you this week. Or, are you like many of us, so busy with other “stuff” that you haven’t even begun contemplating. Or, are the ideas you had weeks ago when you chose the reading for this week, not just a jumbled mess and you dread the work involved to sort them out? Are you already completely exhausted, and still there are weeks to go until Easter? I for one hit a brick wall on Easter morning and from that point on, until say, the middle of August, I. am. done.
This is the Saturday morning preacher’s party, but everyone is welcome. Share ideas, offer support, pray for us, bring us virtual sustenance. Coffee is flowing in my house, and I have lots of fresh fruit and homemade (but not by me) cookies. Pull up a chair, sit awhile, let’s party.