Hundreds of thousands of United States citizens in West Virginia have been dramatically reminded of the importance of water in their lives by the recent contamination of their water supply. Heroic measures had to be taken to keep them alive, which occupied the headlines for two weeks or so.

For years we have been watching pitiful scenes of third world people, especially children, emaciated for lack of food, sick and dying for lack of good water to drink. These probably number a billion or more. Perhaps we have been moved to send a donation towards providing food or water through some charitable organization. We might have even had a brief welling up of thanksgiving that we have plenty to eat and safe water to drink.

But there is nothing like observing the importance of water right here in the USA as we hear the West Virginians speaking to us on TV in our own language of the calamity of being without water, and expressing their joy at having it back. How grateful to God we all ought to be for good water: to drink; to cook with; to wash our hands with; to bathe in; to wash our clothes with; to flush away our wastes. Thank you Lord!

I believe that this West Virginia incident is just the latest of a continuing flow of correcting judgments upon our nation from God (meant to bring us to repentance). I believe that last summer’s Rim Fire was one of those judgments that came close to home here in Tuolumne County, California.

2013 brought many brutal storms to the mid-west, southeast and Atlantic coast doing incredible damage, and drought to most of the rest of the country. The 2013-14 winter is starting out the same way, with the drought areas, including us, being told the drought will continue. If so, a third of our country, a hundred million or so, could be facing what West Virginia faced, except for much longer!

Brethren, we need to pray! Hoping it is not too late, we need to follow Daniel’s example: Daniel 9: 3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. 10 We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. 17 Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the people who are  called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies.  (Italics indicate adaptation)

By old timer, Pastor Russ