How did you use water today? Council member Nettie Dueck walks us through the importance of water to our spiritual and physical health.
This is what my research has revealed to me about water:
A: Water and the Bible
The water and the Bible are very much connected. Water symbolizes God’s Word in many places throughout the Bible. In both Psalms and Ephesians water is a symbol of God’s Word. Ephesians 5:26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word. In Isaiah, the water is a simile for the knowledge of God. Water is mentioned 722 times in the scripters; that is less than God, Jesus, heaven or love but many more times than faith, hope, prayers or even worship. Gen. 1:2 “The earth was formless and empty and darkness covered the deep waters. And the spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Water was before anything else and God created the earth out of water and God continues to bathe his creation with water as a sign of His blessing and care. Rev. 22:17 “The Spirit and the bride say ‘Come’ Let anyone who hears this say ‘Come’. Let anyone who thirsts come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.” All the 722 references link water to God’s creating, blessing and saving work which alone shows us the importance of water in our spiritual and physical lives. They remind us of our creator and saviour, unites us with the spirit and transforms and purifies both the world and every believer. If as believers we continue to take the Bible and water for granted and contaminate it, waste or spoil it, we will see that we will have difficulties in our physical bodies as well as in our spiritual lives. So let us ask God who has entrusted to us this free gift of Spiritual and physical water to help us cherish, honour, respect and share so all the peoples of the earth can be blessed, benefit and enjoy it as we do in our daily life.
B: Water Facts, Our Economy and the Wellbeing of our World
- Water is complex since it is linked to almost everything in the world. And so Water is a precondition for human existence and the sustainability of the planet.
- 70% of the earth is covered with water and so water is the lifeblood of our economy for it is essential to health; social and economic development, manufacturing, energy, transport, our whole lifestyle – 5,000 children die each day due to dirty water or poor hygiene, water-related diseases kill one child every 15 seconds, $1.00 invested in water/sanitation returns in $8.00 of economic growth.
- The amount of water in our physical body ranges from 50-75% depending upon gender and age. According to a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, amount of water in the human heart & brain is 73%, the lungs are 83%, muscles and kidneys are 79%, the skin is 64%, and the bones are around 31%.
- The physical world of water is closely bound up with the socio-political world, often a key factor in managing risks such as famine, migration, epidemics, inequalities and political instabilities.
- Women play critical roles in all aspects of water governance, yet they are VISIBLE MISSING from the water dialogue.
- Water is unevenly distributed around the globe, less than 10 countries possess 60% of the world’s available fresh water supply. 1.8 billion People still lack access to fresh water supply and 2.5 billion people need improved sanitation. Since 1940 the world’s population has DOUBLED, BUT, the water use has QUADRUPLED.
- Water is essential to feed the world- 70% of the world’s water resources are required for food production; in many developing nations, irrigation uses over 90% of their water source so there is a great need for a more water-efficient irrigation technology to be developed and applied. The cup of coffee you may drink while reading this report required 140 litres of water. 15, 500 litres of water is needed to produce 1 kg. Of beef.
- Water is essential for agriculture and industry- Agriculture is # 1 in water consumption and industry is the second largest user of water. Every product produced on Earth requires water. Water, energy and food are intrinsically linked: water is needed to produce energy; energy is needed to deliver the water needed for food production. Valuing water means valuing our FUTURE.
Lord we pray that you may help us to accept the Bible and Water connection cherish and respect and honour them both as free gifts of God given to us so that the soul, mind and body of all the peoples of the earth can be redeemed, refreshed and nourished. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
WICC council member Nettie Dueck lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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