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Sunday School: a well of living water

From the September 2000 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A Mother of three worked as a hall monitor at the local high school. That can be a thankless job; students often view a hall monitor as someone out to catch them doing something they shouldn't be doing. But this woman approached the job differently. She prayed as she walked the halls—prayed about young people and to be led where she was needed so she could meet that need. The motive wasn't to catch and punish; it was to love and heal.

This woman didn't work on Sundays, and she probably never sat down with the students for an hour to talk about God. In many ways, though, Sunday School was exemplified in her work. Taking the Comforter, divine Science, where young people are, and in a form they can understand, appreciate, and benefit from, as this woman did, is what the Christian Science Sunday School is all about.

Christ Jesus' encounter with a Samaritan woman See John 4:5–42 . can teach us some lessons about the activity of Sunday School. Let's look at the account. Jesus, on his way to Galilee, passes through a Samaritan town and rests by Jacob's well. A Samaritan woman comes to get water, and Jesus asks for a drink. She thinks this is odd, as Jews and Samaritans don't ask favors of one another. Jesus responds by saying she should actually ask him for a drink, because he could give her "living water." Thinking he is referring to the water in the well, the woman asks how he could do this, since he has no way to get the water. He replies that those who drink water from the well will get thirsty again; those who drink his water, however, will not thirst again, since the water he gives will be "a well of water springing up into everlasting life."