by Ginny Dent Brant
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13-14 (NKJV)
When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the watering hole, He actively sought her. He compared the water in her well to the Living Water that only He could offer. Her water would not completely satisfy one’s thirst, but His Water would give eternal life, welling up and supplying every need by its freshening springs. This woman of ill repute knew she was a sinner and accepted His gift of Living Water.
I, too, was a sinner, when I began to drink from the Living Water at age 16. Jesus sought me and bought me, but my father, Harry Dent, thought I was drinking too much from His Living Water.
For years I’d prayed for my father’s salvation. I even asked my professors at Columbia International University (CIU) to pray for him. My father had forbidden me to go there, but I went to drink in wisdom from the Bible. In due time, God answered my prayers. At age 48, he drank from the Living Water, attended the forbidden place—CIU—and jumped into the Lord’s work with both feet. Those professors who’d shaped my life became his mentors.
I never dreamed my father would spend 25 years serving God, write five Christian books, and develop a ministry in Romania. The one thing my father feared the most when I attended CIU was that I would become a missionary in a third world country. Little did he know—he would become that missionary!
In 1998, I traveled with my father to Romania. What a privilege to see the many churches he had helped to plant from the underground. At the request of the newly elected President of Romania, my father helped him bring Romania from communism to freedom.
After seeing all God had done through my father, I would lay my head on my pillow and shed tears of joy and gratitude. I was amazed God had gone so far beyond my prayers. In my spirit, I sensed difficult times were ahead, but I was never to forget what God had done in my father’s life.
Those difficult times came in the form of a disease called Alzheimer’s, which quickly diminished my father’s brilliant mind and left him in a constant state of confusion. I made a video of his life to remind him of what he had done in life. In a few years, he no longer knew the man in the video. For my family, our journey with this disease was like traveling through a dark tunnel. We desperately wanted to see a glimmer of light at the end, but we were engulfed in a cloak of sadness with no light in sight.
In my father’s last years, he did not know who we were or what was happening around him, yet one thing was certain. When he heard Christian music or heard the name of God, his countenance would light up. Sometimes, he would shout an “Amen” or bow his head to pray. As he was dying in my arms, his eyes were calmed with the gospel hymns I sang to comfort him.
The Living Water never dies. Those who drink from it, never thirst again.
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About the author: Ginny Dent Brant is a speaker and writer who grew up in the halls of power in Washington, DC. She has battled cancer, ministered around the world, and served on the front lines of American culture as a counselor, educator, wellness advocate, and adjunct professor. Brant’s award-winning book, Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World, was endorsed by Chuck Colson and featured in many TV and media interviews. Her recent book, Unleash Your God-given Healing: Eight Steps to Prevent and Survive Cancer, was written with an oncologist after her cancer journey. Cancer prevention blog and more info at http://www.ginnybrant.com.
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