I do not consider myself to be obsessed with issues surrounding the stewardship of water. I just prefer that water not be squandered, defiled, taken for granted. Yet it is—every day, every second of every day. And not enough of us seem to notice or care. I just happen to be a person who does care, and cares deeply.
Water is the source of all life. It is the only reason we are able to remain alive; we would die without it. Water’s sacredness and transforming power is named throughout the Bible.
The water that nourishes us, cleanses us, baptizes us and restores us does not come from an endless faucet. Water comes from a loving, merciful God—a God who has instructed us to be caretakers of this life-giving resource. We are not called to disrupt the flow of water, but to honor it, to respect it and to teach our grandchildren, children and even our peers to have the same reverence for it by the water habits we model each day.
This message is an excerpt from “Our sacred waters” by Venice R. Williams in the May 2018 issue of Gather magazine.
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