May 1

The Lord makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters. Isaiah 43:16

Peter answered him, “Lord if it is you, command me to come to you in the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. Matthew 14:28-29

Water is sacred, water nourishes all living things. It is primitive, original, primal. You can do without sex, books, movies, cell phones, cars, even food for quite a long time. But……go without water for a mere 72 hours, and you are dead. Water is essential to life. It is life. Without a doubt, water is the sacred birthright of every living thing. As water gives life, it also comes with the possibility of death. Yikes. Floods, tsunamis, drownings, and countless other ways humans can die from water. We aren’t fish, after all. We cannot deny the power and fury of water. It changes landscapes, roads and homes can be washed away by overflowing rivers. Shore lines are eroded. You learn to respect it.

For Christians, water is symbolic of our relationship with God, carrying the image of renewal, promise and hope. It is through water we are baptized and welcomed into the Christian community.  Water is essential to all life, connects with the rest of creation, and is a gift from God. As a gift from God, it is meant to be shared.

Isaiah says that when the poor and needy are thirsty and seek water, but have none,  God will not forsake them. God will provide rivers, ponds, springs, pools, fountains. While it may not seem like that today, it is still true. God does provide. There is enough water for all – but only if we use just what we need, and make sure that all have access. And this is where we as Christians come in.

“When I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink.” Jesus describes himself saying in the kingdom of heaven.  “Just as you did to the least of those who are family, you did it to me.”

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Rabindranath Tagore

Father, when my world begins to feel like a stormy sea, you quiet my soul and direct me with your Word. Help me to remember that my neighbor is not just across the street, but across the nation and across the world. Amen.

Susan Hanson