A Prayer for Living Water, by Columbanus

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A Petition for Living Water

Heavenly Father, may we drink from Your Eternal Fountain, and may our earthly communication help quench the thirst of those seeking Your truth, and ultimately point them to You, the Living Water.

Merciful God, good Lord, I wish that you would unite me to that fountain, that there I may drink of the living spring of the water of life with those others who thirst after you. There in that heavenly region may I ever dwell, delighted with abundant sweetness, and say, “How sweet is the fountain of living water which never fails, the water welling up to eternal life.” O God, you are yourself that fountain ever and again to be desired ever and ever and again to be consumed. Lord Christ, always give us this water to be for us the “source of the living water which wells up to eternal life.”

Columbanus (543-615 AD)

Source: Thomas C. Oden and Cindy Crosby, eds., Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings: Lectionary Cycle A (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2007), 248.

    • Thanks to Brandon Knight for sharing this prayer


Keywords: Metaphor; Living Water; Petition; Thirst; Mercy

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