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Today as we gathered to begin the day at St. Francis Chapel, we reflected on the sacredness of water. The peek-a-boo view of the stunning Shuswap Lake was almost obscured by the smoke from forest fires many kilometers away... and even so we are reminded that water is life. Water sustains all of us.

We hold up the words of the Keepers of the Water:

"Water is life. We embody water. It is a sacred gift. Love, honor, and respect of water is essential.  
We share a vision of unity based on Elders’ guidance, ceremonies and natural law. Keepers of the Water values water and environment, for a sustainable and just future for the survival of all living beings for generations to come."

A reading from Revelations 22:1-3, 17b

"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations... And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price."

Water sustains spirit and connects living things: Honouring Water - a statement for the Assembly of First Nations:

"Water is the most life sustaining gift on Mother Earth and is the interconnection among all living beings. Water sustains us, flows between us, within us, and replenishes us. Water is the blood of Mother Earth and, as such, cleanses not only herself, but all living things. Water comes in many forms and all are needed for the health of Mother Earth and for our health. The sacred water element teaches us that we can have great strength to transform even the tallest mountain while being soft, pliable, and flexible. Water gives us the spiritual teaching that we too flow into the Great Ocean at the end of our life journey. Water shapes the land and gives us the great gifts of the rivers, lakes, ice, and oceans. Water is the home of many living things that contribute to the health and well-being of everything not in the water."