John 7:37-52 pictures God’s Spirit as a fountain of life that begins to spring up deep within our souls. I am reminded of the image Jurgen Moltmann uses for the Holy Spirit: Source of Life. In American history, many explorers travelled far and wide for a fountain of life, yet Jesus identifies the indwelling Spirit of God as the fountain of life. Our practices of meditation, mindfulness, contemplative prayer, and other spiritual practices are ways we learn to find this fountain and drink deep of these waters within. When we find the reservoir where the life-giving Spirit flows, we identify that source within ourselves and within others where there is a force already at work to bring life in the midst of the death, healing in the midst of brokenness & disease, liberation in the face of oppression and abuse, hope in the midst of fear, inner wisdom in the face of uncertainty and, at time, messages from the culture at large that tear us down or lead us into self-destructive patterns. The spiritual life is learning to tap into this presence and this power in yourself. The transformation drinking these waters of life daily brings us is beautiful pictured by theologian Jurgen Moltmann in his book Source of Life:
“When I love God I love the beauty of bodies, the rhythm of movements, the shining of eyes, the embraces, the feelings, the scents, the sounds of all this protean creation. When I love you, my God, I want to embrace it all, for I love you with all my senses in the creations of your love. In all the things that encounter me, you are waiting for me.
“For a long time I looked for you within myself and crept into the shell of my soul, shielding myself with an armour of inapproachability. But you were outside – outside myself – and enticed me out of the narrowness of my heart into the broad place of love for life. So I came out of myself and found my soul in my senses, and my own self in others.
“The experience of God deepens the experiences of life. It does not reduce them. For it awakens the unconditional Yes to life. The more I love God, the more I gladly exist. The more immediately and wholly I exist, the more I sense the living God, the inexhaustible source of life and eternal livingness.”
Drink deep of this life-giving waters this day, and always, and be renewed.