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Thirsting to Make a Difference

Thirsting to Make a Difference

by Nancy Goldberger

“Mom!” came the call from the next room, “I’m thirsty. Would you bring me a drink of water?”

I put down the laundry and walk to the kitchen. A moment later one hand cups my daughter’s face, and with the other, I hand her the requested glass of water. She thanks me with a smile.

I am constantly aware that my hands are integral to my daily life. I use my hands to make a living, support my colleagues with a pat on the back, prepare food, help with homework, drive to practice, cheer for the home team, and tuck my child into bed at the end of a day. Providing something for my family that not only quenches a need, but is also appreciated, brings me great joy.

We are an active family. In addition to school and work, we engage in a variety of sports and enjoy working around the house. It is not uncommon for one of us to ask for a glass of water in the midst of these activities. We drink water with our meals, and we know the importance of staying hydrated throughout our day. For us, it is second nature to have ready access to clean, refreshing water.

Even as I write these words, I am struck by our good fortune. Most of the people I know were born in places where the simple request for a glass of water is easily fulfilled. Most of us don’t think twice about turning on the tap or cracking open an ice-cold bottle of water to quench our thirst.

Nancy Goldberger works at Loyola University Chicago.

Find out more and get involved

Women of the ELCA
This water stewardship resource can be used as a personal or group mini retreat.

Read more about the ELCA’s involvement in the water issues.

Lutheran World Relief
Help deliver water in emergencies and for life-sustaining practices.

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