Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus at BRF,
Peace and grace be with you all.

We have had unusual climate changes this year. Drought, flood, wildfire, and typhoon. As you can remember, it was very dry and hot due to no rain for a while. My wife and I had a hard time growing plants in our garden in the community garden in the last couple of months. I believe most of you also had the same problem growing flowers, corn, and plants and caring for grass. The green grass was turning brown and the leaves of the plants were faded. Everybody was waiting for rain. When it was raining, people were shouting and posting it even on Facebook.

Reflecting on this, I realized that every living being needs water. Water is a source of life. Even the human body is made up of 50-75% water. Some experts recommend drinking about 2 liters of fluids a day. Of course, the amount of fluid is different depending on gender and age. By the way, without water, one cannot live. Water is essential to most bodily functions.

What about our soul? We do not usually know whether our soul is healthy or not. But we can feel whether our life is dry or abundant when we face difficult times. When we lose a loved one, a job, lost friends, or when we are hurt by someone, lose our control, or break our relationship with someone, how do we handle it? The world is not your oyster. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry. Then, how can we manage our uncertainty?

People look for some solution to maintain their happiness and comfort such as money, sports, sex, drugs, and approval of people. Because they believe there are something in the world to satisfy themselves and they know how to get those. The worldly things are actually easy and wide open for us to find and get those. But these are temporal. We will be thirsty no matter what we take from the world.

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14). Jesus is the fountain of living waters (Jeremiah 2:13) and water of life (Revelation 22:17).

Also, Jesus promises His peace, not as the world gives to those who dwell in His spirit. The world is constantly changing. Our lives are also insecure. But our Lord Jesus Christ is true all the time. He never changes. He is in control.

May God bless all of you to live abundantly in the Spirit.

In Jesus’ love,
Pastor Inwha Shon