by Joe Alain

Drinking Deeply from the Well of Grace
Joe Alain
John 4:1-42

A dramatic first-person monologue based on John 4:1-42 from the perspective of the woman at the well.

''If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.'' John 4:10, NIV

Shock, surprise, speechless, I was caught off guard by the question from the stranger, ''Will you give me a drink?'' (v.7). I didn't expect to find anyone at the well at this hour, at least I was hoping no one would be there. I usually come around noon to draw water to avoid the crowds of other women from town. You know how some people can talk and gossip and stare. I think I'll scream at the next person who looks at me in that shameful way. Don't they know I already feel bad enough? Don't they know that I've tried to make my marriages work? That I'm trying to get my life together? Are they so perfect that they have never messed up and made mistakes in life?

The stranger did not appear to be one of us, a Samaritan. You know you can spot those Galileans a mile away. His request was simple and harmless enough. It was noon and it was hot and he did look pretty weary. After I got over the surprise of his question, I reminded him, ''You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?'' (v.9). The Jews do not associate with us Samaritans.

It's hard for me to remember why that is so but it is and I've heard it all my life. I've been taught that our ''family feud'' started a long time before I was born. Following the conquest of this land that I'm standing on now by Assyria in 722 B.C., many of my people were deported, others resettled, and many foreigners moved into these parts with strange ways and customs. It wasn't long before there were intermarriages between us and those who had come from distant lands to settle. The Jewish people despised us, they saw us as selling out, but what could we do? What would you have d ...

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