Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 14 December
The poor and the needy ask for water, and there is none, their tongue is parched with thirst. I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them.
Today’s reading from Isaiah is a beautiful song of praise. We see a picture of God who grows cedar trees in the wilderness, who gives water to the thirsty, who holds us by the hand and says, “Do not be afraid, I will help you”. Oh God, how great you are!
Across the world, we can see that God does not abandon his people.
Longora lives with her two young sons in Uganda. Her family lives in a village with a single water pump. For months it was broken, and not a drop of water flowed. Longora and her sons had no choice but to drink the filthy water from the river.
Every day, Longora would collect water for her family from the river. As it was contaminated with human waste and surrounded by mosquitos, she constantly worried this water would make her sons sick. She herself contracted Hepatitis E, and it took a long while to recover.
Thanks to generous people like you, her family now has clean water to drink. CAFOD’s partner, Caritas Moroto, repaired the water pump in Longora’s village. “We are healthier and feel better,” she says. “I look to my children. I want them to have a good life. Now I have water, it has made me stronger.”
Let us pray that, together with our sisters and brothers, we may bring about God’s vision of hope for a world transformed.
Creator of all, my heart sings for joy of your goodness. Grant that I may hear and respond to the cries of your people. Amen.
Please help share the joy of God’s love by giving Water for a family in poverty through our World Gifts scheme. Thank you.