Carry the Water: You Send the Springs into the Valleys


During Lent we will periodically highlight passages from the 2015 Lenten Meditation booklet. This one is from Sara Delaney, a Program Officer for Episcopal Relief & Development

Read the Spanish version of this meditation here:


Two days after I returned from a visit to Episcopal Relief & Development's program in central India, I filled up my water bottle and left the office to meet friends at an outdoor summer concert. When I arrived, security told me I had to empty my water bottle—vendors sold water inside.

The annoyance and anger that rose up in me over this small request was surprisingly strong. I voiced my disappointment that in a city with free clean drinking water, people were forced to buy water in plastic bottles. Security seemed to find me slightly insane.

After I calmed down, I realized my anger was coming from something bigger. In India I had spent a week talking with people struggling to find enough water to drink. Farmers had planted their fields for a third time after two failed attempts and were waiting desperately for late monsoon rains to arrive.

Drinking from taps in places like New York City can make a small difference in our global water challenge. But working for change in places such as rural India by constructing drinking water systems, storing rainwater and choosing drought-tolerant crops can make a big difference. 

Working together we can make springs flow between the hills, help grasses grow for the cattle and bring forth food from the earth. 

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    Sara Delaney is a Program Officer with Episcopal Relief & Development.



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