Light and Water

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On a recent pilgrimage to New York, the Ground Zero sprawled out before us was oddly anticlimactic. Oft-photographed skeletal structures were gone. Our view, distant and oblique, was—as the reporters say—like any large construction site. Nothing indicated where buildings once towered. An adjacent skyscraper in a full-length death shroud bore a huge American flag. A single scrawled graffiti nailed the scene: "Jesus wept." Only then could the words from Revelation 21:5 apply: "Behold, I make all things new."

It is heartening at night now (April 2002) to see twin towers of light—a transcendent memorial rooted in reality. Thinking of that ghastly pit now, I can also imagine a second memorial, this one of water. A series of fountains perhaps with both reflective pools and roaring falls that lead from our story to the great story: "To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life."

Forgive us, Lord, when we substitute anything artificial for living water. Draw us into your light to reflect your truth to those who suffer. Give us your strength to create the new thing you desire. Amen