KS Maui senior Maliē Watanabe and KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong share this week’s devotionals.
Kamehameha Schools has created a series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals for Lent, to honor the deep Christian faith of our founder Princess Pauahi. The devotionals were designed to be used by staffers, students and others to celebrate the coming of Easter, so please feel free to share them!
Heluhelu Baibala / Scripture Reading
A hiki akula ia i kekahi kūlanakauhale o Samaria, ʻo Sukara ka inoa, e kokoke ana i ka ʻāina a Iakoba i hāʻawi aku ai no kāna keiki no Iosepa. I laila ka pūnāwai o Iakoba. No ka māluhiluhi o Iesū i ka hele ʻana, noho ihola ia ma ua pūnāwai lā: ʻo ke ono paha ia o ka hora.
Hele aʻela kekahi wahine no Samaria e huki wai: ʻī maila ʻo Iesū iā ia, Hō mai noʻu e inu. No ka mea, ua hala aʻela nā haumāna āna i ke kūlanakauhale e kūʻai i ʻai. A laila nīnau akula ka wahine no Samaria iā ia, No ke aha lā ʻoe, he Iudaio, e noi mai nei iaʻu, i ka wahine no Samaria, i mea inu? No ka mea, ʻaʻole e launa pū nā Iudaio me ko Samaria. ʻŌlelo maila ʻo Iesū iā ia, ʻī maila, Inā ua ʻike ʻoe i ka makana o ke Akua, a i ka mea hoʻi e ʻōlelo ana iā ʻoe, Hō mai noʻu e inu; inā ua noi mai ʻoe iā ia, a ua hāʻawi aku ia i ka wai ola nou. – Ioane 4:5-10
So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; and Jacob’s well was there. So, Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” – John 4:5-10
He Manaʻo o ke Kahu
Have you ever felt like someone who was living on the fringe? You know what I mean, not fully accepted, people not quite understanding you because of your “you-isms.” Such was the case for the Samaritan woman at the well. The Samaritans were seen as “half-breeds,” part Jew/part Gentile, considered outcasts and despised by the Jews. Besides being a Samaritan, she was a woman with a past. She had been married several times and was currently living with someone who wasn’t her husband. She was on the fringe of the fringe.
It was unusual for a Jewish teacher to converse with a woman in a public place but Iesū didn’t allow society’s norms or standards to become His. He saw the person and the hurts that person faced. Nothing could keep Him away from those who needed Him. “Will you give me a drink?” Iesū asked her. And while she’s at a loss for how He would get the water or even why Iesū would approach her, He offers her ka wai ola, living water, to quench her spiritual thirst, taking her from the fringe, into His midst.
This ka wai ola gives us life; eternal life, welling up to supply our every need by its freshening springs. Like the woman at the well, we are ʻike piha ʻia a aloha piha ʻia, fully known and fully loved, and He offers us this ka wai ola, taking us from the fringe and into His presence, refreshing our tired souls so we may live fully in Him. May He quench your thirst and fill you fully.
He manaʻo o ka Haumana
Maliē Watanabe, Grade 12
God has a purpose and a plan for each of our lives. We should wake up every morning, not to go through the motions or the social norms of living life, but rather to believe and live out His purpose for us. We all have past experiences that we let define us, however, our God is a loving God reaching out His hand and is always walking beside us. He truly wants a surrendered heart so that we can be restored by His ka wai ola.