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Water is amazing


“And then we come to water, and are shocked to find that many of these predictions are way off, and that water (and by implication, life itself) should not even exist on our planet! But we soon learn that this tiny combination of three nuclei and eight electrons possesses special properties that make it unique among the more than 15 million chemical species we presently know. When we stop to ponder the consequences of this, chemistry moves from being an arcane science to a voyage of wonder and pleasure as we learn to relate the microscopic world of the atom to the greater world in which we all live.” From physical and chemical properties of water

All of these amazing properties are due to the unique characteristics of this unique molecule. The chemical and physical properties of water are “just right” for life. This is always one of my favourite teaching topics. The forces that hold water together are an example of the fine tuning in nature which are clear evidence of a creator. The molecule should not “work” by comparison to very similar molecules which have vastly different properties. The molecule is “bent” at an angle which is key to these properties. Individual molecules constantly make and break hydrogen bonds with each other in a dance which allows water to flow. These bonds, weak in themselves, are of a strength which holds the molecules together to keep water in a liquid state from freezing to boiling. Water retains heat but does not easily cool down or heat up. Water moves up the xylem tubes of plants by capillary action and evaporates from leaves (and skin) to bring cooling. The regular arrangement of molecules in ice means that it is less dense than liquid water and so floats. Nice in a drink – essential to stop the oceans from freezing. Water constantly cycles and recycles.

Water creeps under, over, along; it is soft and hard; gentle and terrible; creative and destructive.
Insects dance on its liquid surface, great ships float and sail.

Essential to life, ubiquitous and essential, but clean water is denied to 1 in 9 people living in the world today.

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Water of life

Starting each day with the the Lent reflections from Samaritan’s Purse, I have been reflecting on the centrality of water to life on earth.

We are abundantly blessed with this most precious gift from God and yet there are so many who do not have access to clean life-giving water. We are called to give to those who are in need, not just clean fresh water to sustain this life but the living water of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The following passage from Isaiah keeps coming to mind:
Isaiah 58:1-14 NASB
“Cry loudly, do not hold back; Raise your voice like a trumpet, And declare to My people their transgression And to the house of Jacob their sins. “Yet they seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways, As a nation that has done righteousness And has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask Me for just decisions, They delight in the nearness of God. ‘Why have we fasted and You do not see? Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not notice?’ Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire, And drive hard all your workers. “Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high. “Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing one’s head like a reed And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the Lord ? “Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke? “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh? “Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. “Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you remove the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday. “And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. “Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of the streets in which to dwell. “If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, And honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure And speaking your own word, Then you will take delight in the Lord , And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”