Leaving her water jar behind,
the woman ran from Jacob's well;
her daily chores had fled her mind,
for she had wondrous news to tell:
forsaking what had drawn her first,
she quenched instead a deeper thirst.
"Come, see a man who told me all
that I have ever claimed or done!
Such wisdom from his lips did fall!
Could this be God's Anointed One?"
Her neighbors heard, then with her ran
to meet this wise and holy man.
When Jesus spoke, his words brought life,
like water poured on shriveled seed:
his truth as piercing as a knife,
his grace yet greater than their need.
So they prevailed on him to stay
and teach them more another day.
By all the wells of our own day,
this Jesus waits to meet us still,
where our pretenses fall away
when we ask him our lives to fill.
Come with your thirsty heart and mind;
you too may leave your jar behind.