There are very few things any more satisfying or refreshing than a cup of cold water on a sweltering hot day. In my neck of the woods, there have been a bunch of those kind of days lately. As a letter carrier, I am out in the midst of that heat on a daily basis, so it is crucially important to maintain an adequate supply of liquids.
I have a couple of folks on my route that are kind enough to provide some welcome refreshment when I am delivering their mail. I am always very thankful for their kindness since it is something they do willingly out of the goodness of their hearts.
Their action brought a verse of scripture to mind, Mark 9:41.
For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I( Jesus) say to you, he shall not lose his reward.
In New Testament days, water was a precious commodity as it still is in that part of the world. Saudi Arabia, for example , has to obtain virtually all of its water through desalinization. So, a gift of water was a precious gift indeed. Fortunately, water is not that hard to obtain for us. But, for me, it is still a precious and highly appreciated gift.
So, to these who give, I say, Shalom!
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