Here, at this humble water source a woman of Samaria encountered a man from Nazareth Where she saw him a travel-weary Jew thirsty, foreign he saw himself the blessed bearer of a gift eternally fulfilling Where she saw herself a scorned outcast mired in a shameful past He saw her the beloved heir of a fathomless wellspring of blessing And in the end, of course his view prevailed, and she set out, rejoicing— her waterpot abandoned— to lead even those who’d scorned her to that wellspring of the Christ —Joanne Otto.
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