Close your eyes and think of how it feels to thirst. Your lips dry and your throat parched, swallowing uncomfortably. Now, imagine you see a glass of clear, sparkling water. It makes your mouth water just looking at it. Taking a sip, you find it the best water you have ever tasted. You take a deep swallow and as the cool wetness of it passes your lips and moistens your throat, you find the crisp taste pleasing and satisfying. After a few more swallows, your thirst begins to subside and your satisfaction deepens, but you drink a bit more just to enjoy the taste of quenching your thirst. Even now, it makes you thirsty to imagine it in your mind’s eye.
This image of drinking fresh water from a well reflects the refreshment of the soul that our house church community seeks to offer to all who might visit. That we will welcome in a way that does not demand response and offer what we have found of spiritual nourishment freely, for Jesus has taught us to be so in the story of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:2-12. He welcomed her even though as a Jew he was not to speak to Samaritans and as a man, he was not to speak to women unrelated to him. He offered her himself as the living water even in the midst of her life’s brokenness. He made space for her in a way that would show her the path to wholeness by following him. So with this in mind, we named our house church community The Well, hoping that we might offer a similar welcome to all we meet.