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. This leads to an enormous toll of human suffering, loss of life and economic damage.  With every country seeking to satisfy its water needs from limited water resources, some foresee a future filled with conflict over a water crisis that threatens us all. 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.

Stardust and Cosmic Water

Prayer

Help me. O God, not to take the sustaining gift of life-giving water for granted.  Let me live in gratitude for Your gifts and cherish and protect them.

Action

I will be careful and not wasteful in my use of water.  I will not buy bottled water and will take time to research its real origins and purity.

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/top-6-myths-about-bottled-water

 Suggested Reading

Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?
Exodus 17:1-7

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

Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.
Loren Eiseley

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

He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea.
George Herbert

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