“Everyone who drinks of this water (well water or tap water) will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
The idea of renewal has been on my mind recently thanks to an experiment in my diet. I decided to break the caffeine habit out of a need to stay healthy and hydrated this past month. Too much caffeine leeches the body, and a combination of the swine flu epidemic and my involvement in a theatre production encouraged me to test this theory for myself.
In place of coffee, I drank water. Lots of water. It was not easy to pass up my favorite beverage every morning but within two days, the positive effects of this liquid overwhelmed me. Not only did I have more energy throughout the day, but also I felt mentally aware and refreshed. A sense of renewal washed over me with each glass, and my thirst was quenched. I’m convinced this was as much a spiritual sensation as it was physical.
By the end of the month, I became a walking ad for water—literally. I realized one day in rehearsal that the water bottle I had designated for the past month was my souvenir bottle from Haiti which had the “Haiti Water Project” emblem on the side. It struck me that the very thing (water) that created such a sensation of renewal in my life is not available to everyone around the world, especially Haiti. I have 3 sources of water available within 2 minutes walking distance, yet I met children in Haiti who walk on average 2 hours to get water. As much as that saddens me, I cannot help but think proactively about the difference people like you and I can make.
Water has its physical benefits, but I’m convinced it is as much a spiritual gift as any. There really is no better way to say it: clean water=good. So consider what type of gift you can give to your brothers and sisters in the Caribbean. Take it from someone who has been reminded of the power of H20. It is a gift that keeps on giving.
Betsy Shirey is a theater student at Stephens College where she enjoys scrapbooking and making collages out of magazines and pictures…and spreading the word of the hope that water brings.