February 17, 2018
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During Lent I like to reflect on the story of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Christ used the “encounter” to reveal more of himself to her, a sinner and outcast, than He had yet shown to His disciples. She immediately acknowledged Christ to be a prophet and the Messiah. This is amazing but her action afterward is inspirational.

She hurried back to her community telling everyone about Jesus. Her witnessing was so powerful and converted so many to the Christian faith that it drew the attention of the Roman Emperor Nero. Ironically, when she refused to deny her faith, she was killed by being thrown down a dry well. Her name is not certain but in Eastern Orthodox Catholic religions, she is known as Photine meaning “the luminous one” and is remembered four weeks after Pascha, known as “the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman”.

Amazing work, in a hostile environment, by one thought to be “inferior”. Her story reminds me of important truths: God aways sees us not as we are but as what we can become. He seeks the “unlikely’, even me, to accomplish His work. All past is truly forgiven. When the heart’s deepest desire is to follow Him, He will supply all the strength and courage needed to complete His work in the world. Thanks be to God.

(c) 2018 Verlene Springer

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My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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