I just want to share my Christ scripture for the day from the Christ-centered daily thought calendar I made for this year.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. (John 4:10)
This spoke to me today. What is this gift of God? What is the living water? I feel that it is the sustaining power that can come to us from Christ through the Atonement that he wrought for us to bring us back into the presence of God and give us immortality and the chance of Eternal Life.
I believe the Sacrament prayer gives us an idea of that:
79 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen. (D&C 20:79)
Of course in the LDS Church we substitute water for wine now. But it has the same symbolism. He shed his life blood so that we could have the gift of the Holy Spirit with us always and guide and sustain us. As he asked the woman at the well, though, he also asks each of us to give of ourselves. He asked the woman at the well for water to drink. Likewise, as I have been reminded by Mother Theresa, when he was on the cross he was reported to say, “I thirst.” Just as He gives us the living water, we are asked to use what we have been given to serve Him through serving others and sharing His Gospel. That’s the way I see it. I also believe we can each pray and ask God for this gift of living water in our own lives
I would also like to say I will miss the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, who died yesterday.