The Gift of Water

June 13th, 2014

Over the last couple of days we have seen many fountains – these beautiful symbols.  A short search of scripture (assisted by Dr. Richard Lee Patterson) shows many metaphors with water in scripture.  I’ll only mention a few.

Not surprising that many of us think of water as healing and soothing – calming.  Isaiah predicts that once the Israelites are  in their land God will “pour water on the parched ground and cause streams to flow on the dry land” (Isa. 44:3)

The Lord will “guide them; he will lead them to springs of water” (Isa. 49:10; cf. Isa. 41:18; Jer. 31:9)

Solomon states, “The words of a person’s mouth are like deep waters, and the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook” (Prov. 18:4).

At the far end of the fountains you can see the tombstones for Dr. Martin Luther King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.

The fountain outside The Rosa Parks Museum

One corner of the fountain in the park where the water hoses were turned on the children who were “marching to be free.”  There were three other fountains like this creating the effect of a circle.

This one was at the Civil Rights Memorial Center and says it best:  Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!  Amos 5:34

No wonder water is used so much in memorials – centering, calming, focused, peaceful.

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