March 22

World Water Day
Reflection

In nature, water is beautiful, refreshing and calming. Yet, its power can be frightening and destructive. It nourishes life and it can also destroy life. There has always been an intimate relationship between human beings and water. We know that life began in the waters and is dependent on water. Sacred water is at the heart of many religions and is used in different rites and ceremonies. It is a precious gift; yet, we have used it and abused it without thought of the consequences to living creatures and the earth.

The availability and quality of water is increasingly under strain. Even if conditions were to remain constant for the foreseeable future, much of the world would find itself in a state of water-related crisis. Up to 60% of the human body is water; yet, the number of people living without safe drinking water and basic sanitation is appalling. World Water Day hopes to raise awareness about the world’s water crisis – and the millions of people around the world who still lack access to safe, clean water. This leads to an enormous toll of human suffering, loss of life and economic damage. Some foresee a future filled with conflict over a water with every country seeking to satisfy its water needs from limited water resources,. It is our responsibility individually and as international communities to maintain and improve the quality and quantity of fresh water available to future generations and to cooperate in that goal.

Prayer

Help us. O God, not to take the sustaining gift of life-giving water for granted.  Let us live in gratitude for this gift and cherish and protect it.

Action

Be careful and not wasteful in the use of water. Become familiar with the effects of plastics and other pollutantsmon the oceans and other bodies of water.  Consider the effects of pesticides on our drinking water especially on Long island where we rely on aquifers.
World Water Day

Do not buy bottled water and take time to research its real origins and purity and the waste created by plastic bottles..

Six Lies You Always Believed About Bottled Water

Suggested Reading

And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.
Matthew 10:42 

Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference.
Rachel Carson

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
Thomas Fulle

Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.
Slovakian Proverb

My connection to the earth is reinforced through the rhythm of the waves.
Mike Dolan

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
H. Auden 

No water, no life. No blue, no green.
Sylvia Earle

As I travel around the world, people think the only place where there is potential conflict over water is the Middle East, but they are completely wrong. We have the problem all over the world.
Kofi Annan

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
Jacques Cousteau 

We have the ability to provide clean water for every man, woman and child on the Earth. What has been lacking is the collective will to accomplish this. What are we waiting for? This is the commitment we need to make to the world, now.
Jean-Michel Cousteau

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