BROKEN CISTERNS

When a cistern holds its water

It fulfils an important task,

To catch, to store and to preserve

Where the water indeed lasts.

But when cisterns they are broken

There will always be a leak,

Where no refreshing waters will be contained

And where no comfort we can seek.

Because unless the living waters

From the precious Lord above,

Will fulfil our soul and refresh our heart

We’ll be thirsty for His love.

And we’ll search in many places

To try to fill this hole,

But irrespective of whatever we try

It won’t satisfy the soul.

Because money, fashion or career

Can please us temporarily,

But it’s where frustration, doubts and insecurities

Will certainly be seen.

To be clothed with righteousness

And with meekness with humility,

Is where the depths of the soul is satisfied

And where God’s peace we really see.

To give for eternal causes

Is where our pocket will be lined,

Because it’s in building God’s forever kingdom

When we’re sincere and we’re kind.

And if our career entails servanthood

In whatever capacity it may be,

It’s where sacrifices are truly made

But where many blessings we do see.

Broken cisterns are like tears cascading

With the need to be repaired,

With an urgency to be restored

Through tender love and care.

Jesus’ broken body

Hung in torment to make us whole,

And it’s where eternal life with refreshing waters

Inside our soul unfolds.

(C) P.B. 2022

“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns – broken cisterns that can hold no water.”  Jeremiah 2:13

“Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”  John 7:37-38

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”  1 Timothy 6:10

“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:20-21

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