Waxing Crescent – Day 3

This night the light that was a mere whisper last night has grown brighter.  This night we can see the light begin to flow down to us as a waterfall of pure radiance to shower us with light and delight. As we behold this flowing light we are again reminded of Creation.

God said, “Let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” There was evening and there was morning, a second day. – Genesis 1: 6-8

 Our bodies are sixty percent water.  We need water to live.  We use it to drink, to bathe, and to baptize.  There are sacred wells, thin places where the physical world and the spiritual world are so connected you can easily feel God’s presence.  One of my favorites, one that is a pilgrimage of mine is the Chalice Well in Glastonbury England.  Let me tell you a legend….

Joseph of Arimathea had just shut Jesus’s body in the tomb.  One of the soldiers made a snide comment and Joseph slugged him.  This, of course, landed Joseph in jail.  That night as Joseph sat in jail thinking of all that had just happened, Jesus appeared to him in spirit.  He let Joseph out of his cell and escorted him back home.  Then He told Joseph not to leave his house for thirty days but prepare to leave after that and gather those that would come with him.

For the next thirty days Joseph did not leave his house but sent messengers far and wide to sell all that he had, to outfit a ship and to invite those who were willing to come with him.    Then he left Jerusalem and sailed to England, for he was friends with the King Bran the Blessed, and they both had become rich selling English tin to the Romans.

When he arrived in England he went immediately to the King.  Bran was confused because it was not the scheduled time for them to meet for the next shipment.  Joseph told Bran that there was trouble in Jerusalem and he had to leave.  He showed Bran two chests filled with treasure and he said, “This is all I that I have.  It is yours if you give me and my company a place to live, to grow our own crops, to tend our sheep, to live our lives away from the Romans.”

Bran was moved by his friend’s plight.  “Keep your money.  You shall need it for building supplies and seeds and food until the harvest.  But tell me, why are the Romans after you?”

“The Son of God, the Messiah has been born.  He sacrificed himself to forgive all of our sins.”

Bran’s Chief Druid asked, “Could this be Hesus, that we have waited for?”

“His name was Jesus.  He was crucified and buried in a tomb.  On the third day He rose again.  He is alive!  We are forgiven and heaven awaits us!  That is why the Romans persecute us.  We follow Jesus the Christ.”

Bran was speechless for a moment and then turned to his Chief Druid, “What land shall I give to him?”

The Chief Druid stepped forward, “Joseph of Arimathea, there is one god above all others, the one that is beyond all human concept, beyond all words and thoughts. Tell me do you know of this God?”

“Yes.  I too venerate this God.”

The Druid thought for a moment.  “You say you have seen Hesus.  So then tell me where is the Eye of God?”

Joseph replied, “The Eye of God watches over us all.  He is everywhere.”

The Druid smiled, “Tell me, where is the Heart of God?”

Joseph replied, “The Heart of God lies in the heart of everyone.  For what is Love but God.”

The Chief Druid turned back to King Bran and said, “Give them Glastonbury.”

Bran was shocked.  “But…” he managed.  “Why would you say this?  Glastonbury is evil.  It is a place of demons and evil spirits.  Why would you wish this man to go there?”

The Druid smiled.  “Because if he goes there, the demons will flee.  If he goes there the evil spirits will be no more.  Glastonbury will be blessed.”  He turned back to Joseph, “If he goes there, then all will know what I know.  This is a Holy Man and he speaks the truth.  In one year and a day, Joseph of Glastonbury, I will come to you.  We shall talk of many things.  I will tell you all that I know and you shall tell me all that you know.  We shall take that which is greater and keep it.  We shall take that which is lesser and cast it aside.”

And Joseph went with his people to Glastonbury.  He stopped on the top of a hill and looked over the whole of the place and he smiled.  Taking his hawthorn staff, he thrust it into the ground and it began to flower.  He said, “I shall wander no more.”

Joseph then took the Holy Grail, the Cup of Christ and put it into the waters of Glastonbury, of Avalon, blessing them.

The Holy Hawthorn at Glastonbury has been shown to be an Arabic Hawthorn not an English Hawthorne.  And to this day, the waters of the Chalice Well at Glastonbury, have been known to heal, and where the water flows the stones have turned blood red.

The flowing of the light of the Moon and the flowing of the waters of the Earth are so important to us, but there is another water far more important.  I speak of the Living Waters that Jesus told the Samaritan woman of.

Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” – John 4: 13 – 14

Who would not want this Living Water?  This well spring of eternal life?  Sign me up!  All we have to do is ask for it.  Jesus told us this over and over again:

To the Samaritan woman:

 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” – John 4: 10

And in another place…

 “Ask, and it will be given you.” – Matthew 7: 7

And again…

 Therefore I tell you, all things whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received them, and you shall have them. – Mark 11: 24

So why don’t we ask?  What is in our natures that make us want to do it ourselves, even when we know we can’t?  Why is it that people think you can win salvation with good works when salvation has already been given?  You do not get to heaven through doing good works.  Good works are in vain if you just do them to get something out of it.  You do good works because you love God and it would make Him happy.  Remember Cain and Able – both made sacrifices.  Cain’s was in vein because he did not want to do it but did it because he was supposed to, to get in God’s good graces.

Do you want salvation?  Do you want the Living Waters?  Then ask for it!   Stop everything and do it now!

Please join me in prayer.

“I come to you, my God, with a grateful heart.  Thank You, O Lord for surrounding me with your unconditional Love and Divine Acceptance.  Thank You, O Lord for showering me with all your sacred blessings.  Please open my heart so that I am truly grateful for all that you have done, are doing and will do, now and forever.  I am grateful for the Living Waters.  Thank You, O Lord for my Salvation. I am grateful for the oceans and the rivers, the seas and the lakes.  I am grateful for the Chalice Well that brought two groups of people together.  I am grateful for the fountain of life that wells up within me.  I am grateful for Your Love.  For all these things – Thank You, O Lord.  Amen.”

Please meditate and listen to God.

 

Peace be with you.

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