On average, Americans use 80 to 100 gallons of water per day. According to a 2006 UNICEF report, 1.5 million children under five years of age worldwide die each year due to unsafe water and a lack of adequate sanitation and hygiene.
Blessed with easily accessible water, we in the Western world often forget that water is a God-given gift, not a convenient miracle of municipal government and indoor plumbing. Without water, we, and the rest of God's beloved creation, would not have life.
Certainly, the Great Work of protecting and restoring God's sacred waters can be challenging, frustrating and discouraging. But as people of faith, we need to step forward with the confidence remembering what Jesus told his disciples when they were discouraged: "For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26).