Prayers for peacemakers. 29 March, 2017

Prayers for peacemakers. 29 March, 2017 

Water is life. Water is revitalizing energy. Water is a right. Every year on March 22, millions of people celebrate the World Water Day and raise awareness about the waste of water, the importance of preventing deforestation, protection of the paramos (unique ecosystems that produce high amounts of water), the need to control production of carbon dioxide, and other fundamental issues.

However, many people with specific interests prefer to make profits from extraction of oil, gold, coal and minerals, which destroys and endangers water sources in different parts of the world.

Today we invite you to pray for the guardians of water who despite the difficulties continue their struggle.

Hand of Leader of the Guardians of Water.

Hand of José Domingo, Campesino and guardian of water in Cajamarca, Colombia. This photo was taken on  March 25th, the day before the referendum. The mountain in the back, La Colosa, is the place where Anglo Gold Ashanti wanted to extract gold. Photo Credit: Hanna Thiesing.

Let us pray for the inhabitants of the town of Cajamarca in Colombia who voted in a referendum to protect their water resources instead of favoring the extraction of gold in the region.

Let us pray for the indigenous water defenders at Standing Rock and at Shoal Lake, on Turtle Island, and for their allies who have joined and took action in solidarity.

Let us pray for farmers of Haji Ahmed, Kormor, Shawre and other villages in Iraqi Kurdistan who continue to proclaim that their "treasure is water and not the oil and gas beneath". 

Let us pray for all people who struggle to protect life and for water to keep flowing clean and pure. 

 

Psalm 23: 1-3 

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He takes me to lush pastures, he leads me to refreshing water.

He restores my strength.