sharing the water of life

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O God, who gives us the water of life through Jesus Christ:
We pray for those who have an eternal longing to be at one with you;
We pray for those who thirst after peace,
   those whose lives are parched by war,
   whose hearts are torn by grief;
We pray for all in our human family
   who cry out for basic necessities for survival,
   and for those who have given up on crying out;
We pray for those who live in the darkness
   of fear, guilt, doubt, or fearful circumstances
   within their daily living;
We pray for your Church,
   which thirsts after visible unity and reconciliation.
We pray for local congregations and Christian communities
   that long for renewal and deepened commitment and service;
We pray for those who have caught a new vision
   of the community of men and women in the Church;
We pray for all who have drunk of the living water
   and yet search for ways to share the water of life.

from an Indian liturgy

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John 4:13-15

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

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