Prayer for a Time of Hunger ~ from Bread for the World,
God our sustainer, we ask you to pour your powerful Spirit into all who are empty this day: Fill the hearts of persons who are troubled. Fill the minds of men and women who are confused. Fill the stomachs of your children who are hungry. Fill the souls of people who are feeling lost. Fill the lives of all who need you, but do not know you. May your Spirit fill us all to overflowing, dear Lord, and may we be inspired to share our abundance with others, so that there will be no more empty hearts and minds, stomachs and souls. We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ, who fills lives with your endless grace. Amen.
I love a good challenge. And obviously so does everyone else. How many thousands have already doused themselves with buckets of icy water on behalf of ALS? Drenching oneself in gallons of ice water has become the “fad de jour.”
Don’t get me wrong. ALS is a wonderful and worthy cause, and it’s one I totally support. But is the ice bucket challenge really the best way to raise awareness over a serious illness? Some would say it is. Just look at all the challenge has already accomplished. And I myself am fond of pointing out that I like the way I am actively doing something far better than the way you are doing nothing.
Yet, every time I see those untold gallons of clean pure water being poured over someone I cannot help but think of those of our family around the world who cannot even imagine such a sacrilege. Wasting clean water, wasting any water, who can conceive of such a thing?
I have watched women and young girls walk for hours to scoop water out of muddy clay pits in eastern Chad. I have been honored to be offered water so thick and turbid I could strain it with my teeth. I have been to places where water is a commodity so limited as to be fought over.
Water is precious. Water is life. We need to honor it. We need to conserve it. And above all, we need to use it wisely, even reverently.
Support ALS. But do it without thoughtlessly wasting a limited and precious resource. My challenge is for all of us to find a better way to do the good we all seek.