Advent calendar prayer and reflection for 10 December
“The poor and the needy ask for water, and there is none, their tongue is parched with thirst. I, the Lord, will answer them.”
Isaiah’s vision in today’s first reading is one where all those who are thirsty, will have their cry heard. Where rivers will flow through dry land, and springs and lakes appear in the desert.
Water is something we cannot live without. And yet many people throughout the world still struggle to get clean water.
In Uganda, 14-year-old Fabiano used to walk for hours to gather water for his family. He collected the water before school, which meant a five-kilometre walk in the dark before sunrise.
But now, thanks to a solar powered pump in Fabiano’s village, he no longer has to walk these great distances. His family has access to clean water for drinking, cooking and washing and Fabiano can focus in school now that he is less tired.
Fabiano said, “Water means a lot. It means life.
“We were so jubilant about it and happy about it coming here. We knew life would change.”
Compassionate God, you hear and answer those who call to you for help. Work through us so that we may also hear and answer the cry of those who thirst. Amen.
The Water for a family World Gift can provide families with a steady supply of clean, safe water for drinking and cooking. Using a water pump also means families can wash in clean water, keeping everyone safe from infection.