Water is such a powerful symbol in our Christian faith! We are baptized by water, and it is through water and the word that we are made children of God. Water stories run through our holy texts like a silver thread.
The river that flowed in Eden and the turning of the water into blood by Moses are two examples. We are also reminded of the two times when God produced water out of a rock for the Hebrews in the wilderness (Exodus 17:1–7; Numbers 20:2–13). There was Jacob’s well and the parting of the Red Sea.
Today the world faces water scarcity. God gave us the gift of an earth filled with all that we need and then some. God has also given us good sense that can provide a future for our children’s children and their children, too, if we take good care of all that we have been given. Being good stewards of creation and of our communities includes understanding how to manage our resources, and this certainly includes water!
This message is excerpted from “Being Good Stewards of Water,” a 2010 Women of the ELCA resource, by Inez Torres Davis.
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