International World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The United Nations estimates that more than 1 billion people worldwide currently lack access to safe drinking water and that by 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population will not have access to drinking water.
Let us ask God to help us protect this precious resource for future generations:
Lord, God, we ask your blessing.
Water is essential to health. May we keep it pure and accessible for all.
Water is nature, ecosystems, the global water cycle. May we strive to minimize climate change.
Water is urbanization. May we build sustainable cities.
Water is industry. May we reduce the use of water in manufacturing.
Water is energy. May we expand renewable sources of energy that do not deplete water.
Water is food. May we reduce agricultural demands on freshwater resources.
Water is equality, dignity and justice. May we find ways to make clean water available for all people.
Almighty God, you have made us fellow workers in your creation. We praise you and thank you for this precious gift of the earth teeming with life. Give us prudence, reverence and unselfishness that no one will suffer from our abuse of nature. Help us to find new ways to sustain the ecosystems that support all humankind. May future generations enjoy this world of your creation with all the joy and fulfillment that you intend. Amen.