“The Dead Sea is Dying”
The melting snows of Mount Hermon,
far to the North in Lebanon,
provide the fount of living waters
for the Jordan River
and the Sea of Galilee.
It was along these living waters
that the Living Water came…
to preach and teach and heal,
to walk and talk and touch lives,
to satisfy deep hunger and thirst…
“and he will guide them to springs of the water of life.”
If we do not drink deeply
from Living Water,
then we, like the melted snows of Hermon,
will flow eventually into the Dead Sea,
and we, like Lot’s wife,
will turn into pillars of salt.
Today the waters of the Sea of Galilee
and of the Jordan River,
still arising from Mt. Hermon’s fount,\
are being diverted to fields of agriculture…
dates, bananas, citrus fruits,
grains, avocados, grapes …
and the Dead Sea is dying
from lack of living water…
its shorelines receding
under the oppressive heat
of the wilderness sun.
What happens when Living Water
is diverted into the commerce of daily living?
Something must die
in order for something else
to come to life.
What part of me will die?
What part of me will calcify
and shrivel up
under the gentle,
rays of the Son?
What part of me
do I want to hold back
from the Living Waters?
That very part of me that I grasp so vigorously
resists life and shrinks from Living Waters.
The message that was heralded
along the Jordan
almost two millenia ago…
let living waters cleanse your soul,
for the Kingdom is at hand”
That message yet peals forth
until I hear and drink deeply
from Living Waters…
until I allow those living waters to be diverted
into the commerce of my daily living…
lest I become a stagnant basin
transforming living water into \
the brackish quagmire of oblivion.