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The gift of 'living water'

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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So basic is water to everyday life that it's easy to take it for granted. But in many parts of the world, people lead very difficult lives because of drought. The Monitor recently reported that 1.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion lack proper sanitation (March 20). Millions are dealing with health issues because of contaminated water. Clearly, these conditions deserve our prayers so that people living under these conditions can have a better life.

The Bible provides many examples of God's ever-present care for all of His children, and because many of them lived in desert places, water was especially important. Often the examples show that God provides abundantly and quickly for His children. As God's spiritual ideas, or children, we live within God's goodness, which can never be depleted, destroyed, or dried up. In the Old Testament, the 23rd Psalm calls God a shepherd, who leads us beside still waters. This signifies the absolute peace that only God, divine Life, can give.

Speaking of God's promise, the book of Isaiah declares: "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water" (41:17, 18).

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