Jesus and the Jug of Water

Jesus and his companion drank from a stream. “How sweet this water is!” Jesus said.

They filled a jug with water from the stream and continued their journey.

When Jesus felt thirsty, he drank from the jug but immediately spat it out. “I don’t understand!” he exclaimed. “It’s the same water. Why does it taste bitter?”

The jug itself answered Jesus. “I’m old as earth, made and remade many times, taking many forms; this time my form is that of a jug. I always carry the bitterness of death, and it is death’s bitterness you just tasted in my water.”

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Tiny Tales from the Sufis (Amazon, Author) by Laura Gibbs. Copyright 2020. Licensed CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 and mirrored here with permission.