“Sit with me,” he whispers.
I come quickly, ever eager when he speaks.
“Let my living water wash over you.”
I wring water from my hair, fragrant soap lingering on my hands as I open them, hearing,
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. This should not be.”
I see how I seethe against the humanity that isn’t yet washed, quick to condemn their stench, disparaging and despairing, impatient and indignant.
“I demand the pure praise of a tongue that produces only fresh water.”
Wrestling, I cry, “How?!!”
With deep love, he declares, “Speak of who they could be.”
“[Abraham] is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed – the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17)
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” (James 3:9-12)
“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:43-45)
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:35-36)