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Woman by the Well

I looked back to 2011 to see what I was writing in March of that year and I found some of my poetry.

A Woman By The Well

This morning’s gospel reading was the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. Our parish priest loves this story and spends time on many of the insights into Jesus and what he tells us about himself and about ourselves in this story.

The largest image of the story is this wonderful eternal spring of fresh water within each of us that we can return to time after time in the quiet of our heart and soul and be refreshed with grace, energy, wisdom, consolation, and any need we may have at the time.

The woman feels such a release from this encounter at the well that she tells Jesus to stay there and she runs off to get her friends to listen to him for the next two days. They came because she wanted them to, but they stayed because they wanted to.

I have had the grace to have people in my life who know me in truth, and not through judgment. This makes me believe I know what happened within the Samaritan woman that powerful day.

I return to my own “writing well” to post a poem I wrote in 2002.

                                   A Woman by the Well
                                                           Susan. Heffron Hajec

                         A woman in search finds
the respite of the well
seeks healing water within
draws a bucket full without.

                           A woman by the well
finds grace in a chance encounter
with the stranger who knows her so well
not through judgment
but in truth.

                           A woman by the well
discovers the truth that unlocks
the spring within her that flows and
releases dammed up unforgiveness and
exposes that which is not truth and
does not lead to joy.

                            A woman by the well
is nourished by an inner excitement
of a love not yet known
that now lights her path
and promises an abiding presence.

Photo credit: Susan Heffron Hajec

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