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Have you ever been so thirsty that it hurt? You may be inclined to say no, but before you do allow me to remind you that not all thirst is physical. And now let me ask you again, have you ever been so thirsty that it hurt? Have you ever been so lonely that it hurt? Have you ever been so empty like your life was heading nowhere, so desperate for love and acceptance, or so dissatisfied with everything in your life that it hurt? There are many people in our society who are thirsty. Dry. Desiccated. Parched. On the outside they smile but on the inside they wither. Silent troubles plague them. Anxiety ravages their soul. The live without energy, motivation, or passion. Some days are better than others. A trip to the psychologist makes things brighter for some time, but at the end of the day they are thirsty and it hurts. Man, does it hurt.
In light of all of this, How could Jesus possibly say "blessed are those who hunger and thirst"? Could it be because it is through the hunger that we discover real food? Could it be that through the thirst that we discover living water? Could it be that that discovery leads us right into the arms of God?