October 2012 - Vol.  63

Empty Until Filled with Him
“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. 
The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water 
welling up to eternal life.” - John 4:14
by Mary Schaefer

Soon after the start of the 2012 Detroit Summer Outreach (DSO) I was continually reminded of how empty I was. How can I give when I have nothing left? God reminded me that I am indeed empty. For he is the filler. He is the one who fills, who overflows, and continues to fill. There should be no fear in giving, because if I give from what he has given to me, there is abundance. If I draw from my own strength, I will be empty. I need to look to him, not myself. For I am meant to receive so I can give; not give so I can receive. Without the grace, the love, the peace of God, I have nothing to give. I am indeed empty until I am filled with him.
Mary Schaefer grew up in the Work of Christ Community in Lansing, Michigan, USA. She is living and working in Detroit and is a member of Detroit Community Outreach.


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