Alone: The Woman at the Well
When I realized that several of the seminal accounts in Scripture involved unnamed women, I became more than curious. Who were they really? Were they women just like us—women such as the adulterous woman, the woman at the well, and the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet? Surely they deserved to be fleshed out, albeit via a fiction author’s imagination. Thus the series, Hidden Faces: Portraits of Nameless Women in the Gospels, was born. Some arrived at their station in life through poor choices, some through no fault of their own.
With five husbands, I speculated the woman at the well’s life had been difficult. Her father died, and a succession of men began the parade through her life—men who disappointed and abused her. She didn’t feel worthy of love until a stranger from Galilee asked her for a drink of water. What she thirsted for all of her life was showered upon her in that brief meeting. Jesus not only demonstrated that she was worthy of acceptance, but he crossed cultural boundaries and traditions to honor her, a hated Samaritan woman, with the first declaration of his Messiahship.
As with the woman at the well, no matter what poor choices we’ve made or our situation in life, Jesus still reaches across traditional lines to offer living water and say, “Follow me and you will never thirst again.”
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