I requested that we do a series on water this time of the year when we are experiencing triple-digit days of heat, a record-breaking drought, and our dependence upon ample supplies of water increases. This Sunday, we will begin our three part Adult Formation Series, “Let’s Talk About Water” at 10:25 a.m. in Crail C. I hope you will join us as we explore water in our lives.
We thank you, God, for the gift of water.
Water – something that is absolutely essential to life and something that we sometimes take for granted. Outside of oxygen, water is the most precious thing we need to stay alive.
Roughly 60% of our body weight is water.
The average American uses 80–100 gallons of water each day.
And almost daily there is an article in our local paper that we are running short on this valuable, life-giving, life-sustaining commodity.
Do we give thanks to God for water? Are we aware that it is coming to be in shorter and shorter supply? Are we concerned for those who don’t have the abundance of water that we take for granted?
Such is the case for our brothers and sisters in the diocese of Southern Malawi, Africa. We have been working over several years to help establish a medical clinic in the village of Mindanti. This is a small rural community which I and others from our community have visited. Our overseas outreach arm, Warm Heart International, has sufficient funds to supply all of the necessary components, but with one missing piece. Though it may seem somewhat primitive in this age of technology, the last piece needed to make safe, fresh water available for the medical clinic, church/rectory, and the population of Mindanti is a windmill (like the old fashioned ones many of us remember from childhood.) The windmill will cost about $10,000. Your donations are invited in any amount. May we each be grateful to God for water…for life…and may we be aware of and responsive to the needs of others.
Lest we forget that water is a gift from God. God has used water throughout history that we might know not just life, but new life. In our service of Holy Baptism we pray over the water of baptism:
We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.