Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect, ponder, and pray with us.

Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, 'It is written, "My house shall be called a house of prayer"; but you are making it a den of robbers.' -Matthew 21:12-13

I am a Minnesotan, born and raised in the Land of 10,000 lakes.  I loved water and learned how to swim from an early age.  It wasn't long until I could easily manipulate the water.  Increasingly confident in my ability and perhaps a little cocky, I felt I could handle any situation in water.  

That changed in 2011.  On my first canoe trip to the Boundary Waters, my guide took us out to stand on a ledge that juts out above a powerful waterfall. I stood there, amazed and afraid at what I saw.  The water above, clearly reflecting the towering pines, was visibly sucked downward. Held together by water tension, it tumbled like glass, disappearing into a white spray of chaos. In a deafening roar, thousands of gallons fell and crashed into the rocky ledge on which I was standing. Mist, sprayed upward by the air and rock, sprinkled the air and rock.  The outer ledge was slick; one wrong step could be devastating. For the first time, water was dangerous to me.

The falls disturbed me.  I sat on that ledge and pondered the immense power it held, in awe of the raw force.  Now that I understood more wholly, I had respect and humility for water I never had before. I trust that Jesus works in a similar fashion.  

I have specifically chosen Matthew 21:12-13 for one reason: Jesus as our Living Water. This water, that quenches our literal and spiritual thirst, doesn't always remain placid.  Sometimes, our Living Water needs to smash the merchandise to the ground, and roar at the crowd for us to listen.  His purpose is clear: to disturb the social conscience, in the temple and now, to injustice.

In a world where systems of oppression and injustice are woven into the fabric of every society, it is important for us to realize that Jesus was a social activist.  He came in different forms, fighting for the rights of those least welcome as well as preaching about it.  We ought to do the same.   

God's peace,

Kristy Rudberg

Volunteer with ELCA-Young Adults in Global Mission: Rwanda

Former canoe guide, counselor, and camper