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The Lenten Journey 2015 – “From Isolation to Salvation!

2_24_2015_Velma GrantJohn 4: 1-26

Each of us at, one time or another has felt the sting of isolation for one reason or another. Isolation occurs when one is not regarded as a part of the group/clique or even as a part of society. In today’s society, one might feel isolated in the workplace, in the community or at times even in the church.
Jesus’ encounter with the woman occurred during her time of isolation even though the isolation was because of her actions or life style. She was living with a man that was not her husband, she was a Samaritan and yes, she was a female, a prime reason to be isolated from strangers, particularly Jews. The Samaritans were not considered contemporaries of the Jews but were considered “ritually unclean” and therefore the Samaritans were isolated from the Jews.

This Samaritan woman was experiencing a double portion of isolation, isolation from the Jews as well as isolation from her fellow Samaritans (perhaps because she was living with someone else’s husband). Jesus, a Jewish stranger was beckoning her from the threshold of isolation and calling her to accept salvation. Jesus knew about her past, knew of her present situation and was willing to offer her a better future. It was a future with Jesus that would include a new way of worshipping (“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” verse: 24).

As we move through this season of Lent, let us all strive for a spirit of inclusion making sure that we are not the cause or reason for someone else’s isolation from God or the church. Jesus knows about our past, our present situations and is willing to offer us a better future.

Let us become like the Samaritan woman who not only accepted salvation (“Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” verse 15), but also encouraged others to try Jesus (“Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done!…they left the city and were on their way to him.” verse 29).

Prayer:
God of all ages, as we move through this season of Lent, give us a heart of love and grace. Teach us how to extend Your love and grace to others even if they are unlike us. Show us how to offer Your salvation to others and help them to move from isolation to salvation. In the name of Jesus who is the Living Water, we pray. Selah!

The Rev. Velma E. Grant, President
6th Episcopal District Women in Ministry, African Methodist Episcopal Church



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  1. Rev. Dr. Janet Johnson says:

    This was an excellent post! Thanks you Rev. Velma Grant! I especially like the statement that “salvation offers us a better future.” On Sunday we will be having a dialogue about salvation and I will use some of your comments. The whole article was great!

    Connected To The Vine, John 15
    Rev. Dr. Janet Johnson

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