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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cup - 10-25-12 Deadline (10/18/12)

TITLE: Ahh, Water!
By Laura Hawbaker
10/24/12


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My dad drank out of a Mason fruit jar. Not at the dinner table, of course. Mom always insisted on setting a proper table, and fruit jars weren’t part of her décor. For everyday family meals we all drank out serviceable, plastic, unbreakable cups. When we set the table for company, we used Mom’s jewel toned, thumbprint drinking glasses. But when Dad was really thirsty, he needed a big cup and he wanted a glass cup. That was when Dad drank out of a quart sized canning jar.

I can remember him coming in from the field, his blue chambray shirt damp with sweat, his eyes tired. After splashing water over his hands and face, he would head to the freezer compartment of the white Frigidaire and take out the metal ice tray. At the kitchen sink he ran water over the back of the tray to loosen the ice. I could hear the crack of ice and see a bit of steam rise from the tray as Dad pulled up on the lever releasing the cubes. Dad dumped the whole tray of ice into the Mason jar and then filled it with water from the faucet. He took a sip and then swirled the cubes to cool the water. Ice clinked as he sipped and swirled again. When it was just the right temperature, up, up went the cup. Swallow… swallow… Sometimes the ice shifted in the jar causing little rivulets of water to escape the corners of his mouth and dribble down his beard…Swallow... Was he ever going to stop for a breath? “Ahh,” he said as he finally lowered the jar, wiping his mouth with the back of his hand. “Nothing satisfies like a cold drink of water.”

Water, that wonderful, miraculous combination of oxygen and hydrogen, is indeed the most refreshing of all drinks. Even Jesus, “being wearied with his journey” needed water. Jesus, the man, was physically renewed by a cup of cold water, and that drink led to a series of life changing events. What started out as a simple request and casual conversation turned into a spiritual revelation for the Samaritan woman, a lesson for the disciples, a two day stay in Samaria and many new believers! (John 4: 1-42)
Jesus, the Savior, knew that the woman at the well—and all of us—have a deep, spiritual thirst for God. And he calls to us to drink of his love, his forgiveness, his peace. He offers living water, not just a little cupful or even a Mason fruit jarful. From his life, his death and his resurrection he offers a deep, deep well, “springing up into everlasting life.” When we are weary, tired and parched we can come to Him and drink, drink, drink. “Ahh,” we say, “Nothing satisfies like Jesus!”

Scriptures: KJV


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Camille (C D) Swanson 10/25/12
Lovely story and entry. Thank you. God bless~
Beth LaBuff 10/29/12
Growing up on a farm, and being familiar with the multitude of Mason jars, your picture of your Dad using one for ice water was vivid. :) I appreciated your devotional message too. Thank you.
Marie Hearty 10/29/12
A cute story. I loved the description of the Mason jar and the unique way that you used it.
Great work.

God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/30/12
This is a lovely devotion. I liked how you told a story many can relate to and then applied your message from the Bible to it. I smiled about the Mason jar because I too prefer to drink from one much to the chagrin of my family. I detest drinking out of plastic cups--old smells and taste linger in the plastic. I often will find my Mason cups in the recyclable bin and I pull them out. I could really relate to the MC and it made the piece all the more enjoyable.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/12
Congratulations for ranking 15th overall!