Praying for rain in a drought, other water issues
Being in drought conditions in our part of Indiana makes me think about water quite a bit – usually when I’m watering our garden.
My meanderings take me to Scripture – Hebrew and Christian — and all the references to parched ground, the desert blooming or conversely the grass withering. I think about Jesus at the well and his conversation with the Samaritan woman.
I reflect on a mission trip to Mexico and listening to women from a very tiny village describe how they had a severe shortage of potable water because it had been diverted to a luxury hotel built nearby. One woman cried as she told us of watching hotel employees hose down horses as her children longed for drinking water.
Reading I’ve done regarding privatization of water vs. public administration, or public-private partnerships in the delivery of water occupies some of my thoughts. I am intrigued by the phrase “blue gold” to describe Earth’s water resources and sources and troubled by the implications of that phrase as well.
I am aware of our own CSA gardens and our farm fields; I can picture the farms all around us and how much soaking rains are needed in all of these.
As we pray for rain during Eucharistic liturgy or in our communal or individual prayer, I get going on “what exactly are we praying for?” An end to global warming, to global deforestation, to the desertification of vast areas of Earth? God to change the cold fronts and warm fronts and atmospheric conditions necessary for rain? To divert rain from Minnesota and its flooding to Indiana? Or are we simply laying the recognition of our need before the Holy One, aware of our place in the vast created cosmos?
Well that’s what I’m pondering today. I will continue to water our garden and to pray for rain and to “trust in that Providence that has never failed us.”