–for Standing Rock Sioux and all sacred life
Bucketing, barreling long-awaited runoff.
Delighted, barefoot, and cold I imagine myself a Rwandan girl
except I have not missed school;
I am not without choice.
But water is essential too
for who must spend the day this way.
Dig wells wisely that all may be well!
Now how my garden glistens!
intricate beyond expecting:
lantana of many colors.
Sparse water: survival.
Ample water: surprises:
pink, red, blue: who knew?
must stop unsustainability:
washing down driveways,
twenty minute showers,
not barreling runoff,
Faucets off, dear friends:
shaving, brushing, warming.
Stand in solidarity with
Standing Rock Sioux.
May nothing deter!
No to drilling where water runs!
Life is sacred.
walk humbly with water’s Maker.
Be drenched in sacredness.
–Pastor Peg Schultz-Akerson (January 2017)
My friend and colleague Pastor Peg Schultz-Akerson and I have studied and taught together about Jewish and Christian teachings on the Holy Spirit- Ruach Ha-Kodesh. Pastor Peg is an interfaith leader who serves on the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Consultative Panel for Lutheran/Jewish Relations. Her garden is a National Wildlife Certified backyard habitat.
Featured Image: Long-awaited rain is gathered and collected, Santa Monica, California, Pastor Peg Schultz-Akerson