We are the Woman at the Well

copyright Valerie Sjodin 2011     I love this story (John 4 in the Holy Bible). It always speaks to me, reminding me of God’s love for each one of us and how He seeks us out, right where we’re at.     This page was actually my first page, but I forgot to put it at the beginning of the Woman at the Well series I posted. But I suppose it also fits here too because the Lord is drawing me closer and wants to be close to us all the time.       I painted over the original background because… Read More

We are the Woman at the Well…part 7

“Why did Christ call the grace of the Spirit water?  Because by water all things subsist; because water brings forth grass and living things;  because the water of the showers comes down from heaven…  because it comes down in one form but works in many forms…  It becomes white in the lily, red in the rose,  purple in the violets and hyacinths,  different and varied in each species.  It is one thing in a palm tree,  yet another in a vine, and yet in all things.” ~ Cyril of Alexandria     I began this page with a few watery strokes… Read More

We are the Woman at the Well…part 5

       These pages were done as a simple prayer, made even more beautiful when prayed both on an individual level and in community. The vessels are in shapes of various water jugs from around the world, each an individual. The transparent boxy pedestals represent different places in life and personal journeys. For me the illustration is a symbol of Jesus’ prayer in John 17:20-23 NLT: “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for  all who will ever believe in me through their message.  I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I… Read More

We are the Woman at the Well…part 3

    Toward the end of the conversation, the Samaritan woman turns to the subject of worship and the differences between the Jews and the Samaritans. Jesus breaks down the barriers by redefining worship from a physical exterior location and ritual to an interior heart-felt worship of the Father in Spirit and truth, our spirit connecting with His Spirit, agreeing with Him. In verse 24 Jesus says, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.      The Greek word for spirit is pneuma (wind, breathe, invisible, powerful. It also means that by which a person perceives,… Read More

We are the Woman at the Well…Part 2

 In John 14 Jesus tells his disciples that He is soon sending a helper, an Advocate, “the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.” The word truth, “aletheia” means “not covered”*. Jesus uncovered the woman’s sinful lifestyle and other things about her, telling her things he would have never known in the natural realm.      We are just like her, because when we are willing, the Spirit of truth confronts the lies we believe and reveals the truth to us about God and the truth of our own identity. I believe that is what happened between the woman at the… Read More

We are the Woman at the Well…part 1

     Recently my favorite story in the Bible came to life in a new way that is more experiential. It is the longest one-on-one conversation recorded in the gospels between Jesus and another person is found in John 4, the Samaritan woman at the well.    I try putting myself in the story as this Samaritan woman, a kind of outcast, having to go and fetch water every day and dreading it for a number of reasons (the five husbands, the gossip, the possible ex-wife of the third husband etc.), not to mention the physical aspect of carrying heavy… Read More