A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there
it divides and becomes four branches.
We are, it seems,
a far piece from Eden,
where a flowing stream nourishes
what sounds like a pristine garden.
But we cannot wander away
from our basic need for water.
We also cannot shirk
our responsibility to do
what we can to see that
clean, safe water is available
for all God’s children.
Though we may not have access
to a divinely-infused shepherd’s staff
with which to command
life-giving water from a rock,
like Moses did in Numbers 20,
we are in possession of both
resources and technology sufficient
to effect the same miracle
in places near and far.
Let us, then join hearts and hands,
minds and missional energy,
to become saints of liquid life,
courageously and tenaciously
sharing hope one community at a time,
until all are sufficiently quenched.
© 2019 Todd Jenkins