November 1993

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL

She was a loner.
She often formed immoral relationships
But they did not always last;
Her neighbours despised and rejected her
Because of her sordid past.
She would not join her accusers
When the shadows were cool and long
So walked alone in the heat of the day,
When the sun was harsh and strong.
In order to evade the other women
With whom she used to dwell,
She arrived , hot and thirsty
To draw water from the well.
AND MET JESUS FACE TO FACE!
He did not condone her conduct
Nor point at her, the finger of scorn,
But spoke of all she had said and done
Since the day she had been born.
He offered to her, Living Water
So she need never thirst again;
Water to wash clean her sinful life,
To rid her mind. of fear and pain.
Jesus saw in her, a woman
With a smattering of belief;
She had a glimpse of The Messiah,
Flooding her soul with joy and relief.
Ignoring the fact of being an outcast,
Leaving her water-jar at the well,
The one-time loner ran home to spread
The Good News she had to tell.
Because of the change they saw in the woman
And the words she spoke that day,
The people were eager to hear for themselves,
What the stranger had to say.
AND MET JESUS, FACE, TO FACE!