Thursday, December 8th: God’s Christmas Shopping List

Alright, so that’s tongue-in-cheek. God doesn’t need to buy gifts – God is the gift! Still, in today’s reading from Isaiah, God makes some promises:

When the poor and needy seek water,
   and there is none,
   and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the Lord will answer them,
   I the God of Israel will not forsake them. 
I will open rivers on the bare heights,*
   and fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
   and the dry land springs of water.

We are not God, who created out of the deep and put the waters in their place, to call forth at will. But we can help. Here’s a Christmas shopping idea from Episcopal Relief and Development:

http://www.er-d.org/GiftsForLife/4/65/

GIFTS TO SURVIVE. While considerable progress has been made to improve access to clean drinking water, many rural communities throughout the developing world are still without this critical resource. Many also lack access to adequate sanitation facilities and proper hygiene practices, which may contaminate the sources of water and impact public health. These gifts provide those in need with life’s necessities and critical care services that are essential to the growth and health of communities worldwide.

Check it out!

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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