Water, there is no question we need it. The Earth is approximately 70% water. Our bodies are typically 78% water, our diet should be made up of 80% water, scientists report we cannot live longer than three days without water. Next to clean air, clean water is number two, we must have it to survive. Its estimated that every 21 seconds a child dies from a water related illness, but we'll get to that in a minute. First, lets talk about water storage....Do you store it?
How do you store water?
If you scanned through my cabinets today you would find rice, beans, lentils, flour, honey and oil in plenty of measure for any crisis that might occur, but water, although it is second most necessary to life, is not something that I readily keep on reserve. In the heat of summer, I might buy a case or two but to actually keep the amount of water on hand to survive a 365 day crisis or even 72 hours, I have not given a second thought to preserving until two weeks ago when I made a commitment to a Summer Can and Freeze. And then one day, I suddenly realized how necessary it was and how simple to put back. We drink three gallons of milk a week, three gallon jugs which I wash and refill with clean water from a filter. I also keep bleach on hand, should the water go bad, 8 drops of unscented household bleach to one gallon and half an hour to purification.
How much water do you need?
How much water do you need to store? It depends on your family, but experts recommend one gallon per person per day. So for a family of four, I would start with 12 gallons, this is a 72 hour emergency supply. Do you think this is too much? Well, let me ask you this: Do you live in any region where you have extreme temperatures of any kind? Flood, tornadoes, blizzard, ice, mudslide, Forest fires or hurricanes? Has the water from your local plant ever been contaminated? Okay, so that covers pretty much the whole United States and then some. How long does it usually take to get the problem under control? usually at least 72 hours, 3 days, two sleeps...and you still need water and you get the picture...When extreme weather strikes or technology fails, we still need water and an emergency is just that an emergency, we never know when it will strike.Now lets talk about social responsibility and water for a minute…
Remember those children? The children who are dying at an estimated rate of one every 21 seconds from lack of clean water…that is not just clean drinking water, that is bathing and cooking water too. What is our responsibility to them?
Metaphors involving water are woven through out literature and history. Water is used in the Bible both as a metaphor for life and a metaphor for peril. Water was created before man and unique to earth (at least in quantity)…So then, a reference to water is like a stop sign on a four lane highway.
John 19:34 "And when the soldier's pierced His side there came a sudden flow of blood and water." Water, the necessity of life, flowed from the side of the Savior as He gave His life in exchange for ours, how significant is that? If we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus, how then can we extend grace but to let water flow from our family to another?
While we have a responsibility to protect and preserve our own family by keeping clean water on hand, we have a duty as Christians to extend grace and provide clean water for those who are without. Compassion International is addressing this problem one family at a time. What if every family that had clean water stored 72 hours of clean water for their own family and donated to one family that doesn’t have clean water through Compassion International?
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