What Am I Grateful For Today… Clean Drinking Water

Now there was no water for the community, and they assembled against Moses and Aaron. Then the people confronted Moses and said to him, “If only we too had died when our brothers perished in the Lord’s presence! Why have you brought the Lord’s assembly into this desert to kill us and our animals here? Why have you led us up from Egypt to bring us to this evil place without grain, figs, vines, or pomegranates? And there’s no water to drink!”

Moses and Aaron went away from the assembly to the entrance of the meeting tent and they fell on their faces. Then the Lord’s glory appeared to them. The Lord spoke to Moses: “You and Aaron your brother, take the staff and assemble the community. In their presence, tell the rock to provide water. You will produce water from the rock for them and allow the community and their animals to drink.”

Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, as the Lord had commanded him (Numbers 20:2-9, Common English Bible).

When the bishop appointed me to one particular community a few years ago, I didn’t like the taste of the water. When Cindy and I bought our retirement home a few years ago, we didn’t like the taste of Lufkin water. Really, at least when I first moved to several communities, at least at first, I didn’t like the taste of the water. Eventually I got used to the taste. Well, at least it wasn’t as bad.

When I first went to sea when I was in the Navy, I really didn’t like the taste of the water. In port, we drank water from city sources just like most anyone else. But, when we went to sea the ship produced its own drinking water. They would take sea water, boil it, capture the steam and cool it back into water we would use for drinking, cleaning and to make steam to power the engines. I don’t think I really ever got used to drinking the ship’s water.

I guess it has been six or seven years ago I was introduced to a man who has made a ministry based on what he saw on one trip to Haiti. Bob paused when he saw children scooping water with their hands from tire ruts in the road and drinking it. God grabbed Bob that day. When he got home he started researching. First he looked at the statistics regarding water born illness in Haiti. Bob told me the numbers. To be honest, I don’t remember them and even if I did we really don’t have room here.

Once Bob saw the statistics, he started looking for a solution to the problem. These people, in the part of Haiti where Bob focuses are among the poorest in the world. Some people try to address the problem by drilling water wells. If you can raise that kind of money it is a good plan but wells can be expensive and many churches don’t have the resources to meet the need. Bob wanted something where just about any church and many individuals could participate.

Bob found the Sawyer Water Filter. With the filter (his teams carry the filters in from the US) and a plastic bucket (they purchase the buckets in Haiti, helping the local economy), for less than $75, a Haitian family can clean enough water (the system filters out 98% of the bacteria and other things in the water) to supply their needs for up to ten years.

I often think about that when I turn my water faucet on to get a glass of water, take a drink and I don’t like the taste. It causes me to realize, at least some of the time, I am not to thankful for the water I have at my fingertips. I am a lot like the grumbling Israelites for whom Moses had to find water. God gives. I complain. Those who receive those filters are grateful because their lives are changed.

It makes me think, sometimes I may not be very grateful, but I need to be thankful for clean drinking water, both for me and for those Bob’s teams touch when they take water filters to Haiti.

Clean water is what I am grateful for today. What about you? What are you grateful for today?  Write it in your journal and then share it with someone who needs to hear about the joys of a grateful heart.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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