Just as you give something to drink to the thirsty, you give it to God.
– Jesus (ref: Matthew 25: 35, 40).
It would be much more convenient if water always tasted the same. (Then we wouldn’t have to wonder if a recent glassful just made us sick.)
But it's just not possible for water to taste the same all of the time when New York City alternates access of three separate, free-flowing water sources from three different, geographically remote locations. That’s a fact.
Facts have to be managed. An article like the one from The Patch helps.
Think then, about the CDC report that 780 million people around the world don’t have access to safe drinking water at all. We haven't just been given another fact that can be addressed by a helpful article. We have just been handed a problem.
It is an unconscionable problem that children around the world are made to leave school daily and trek several miles to collect water for their families to drink, cook with, wash away human waste, bathe their bodies… It is a stunning, solvable, world-wide, crisis-of-a-problem that sick and elderly people cannot tap into a local, safe water source when they need to take their medicine or wash a wound.
Problems are meant to be solved. Let’s solve this one.
Safe water isn't only for New Yorkers. These 780 million people around the world deserve safe water at the turn of a local tap, too.
Scott Harrison, charity: water Founder and CEO, and author of Thirst (NYC: Currency, 2018), says when a bunch of people of faith decide to do something about it, they’ll move mountains. So let’s move mountains to solve this one, New York.
Let’s move mountains to solve the worldwide water crisis, understanding that creation is a reciprocal act that involves people of faith like you and me to participate in God's ever-unfolding plan.
Read/get involved/ donate: charity: water.
Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
– Proverbs 25: 25, NRSV