O Lord!

This is your almost-humble servant, Eutychus X, coming to you with a problem. Lord, it is getting harder and harder to obey your Word because of the energy crisis.

Consider, for example, your promise about giving a cup of cold water to a thirsty pilgrim.

I was in a restaurant the other day and I asked the waitress for a glass of water. “This will help me and also give her a blessing,” I said to myself with much satisfaction. When she put the glass of water on the table, she also handed me a printed card encased in plastic. It was entitled “Energy and a Glass of Water.” It read as follows:

“A simple glass of water is important in the energy crisis. By asking for this glass of water, you may have set back the President’s energy program by several days. It takes energy to pipe the water in. It also takes a lot of energy to make ice cubes. After you have drunk the water, we must use up even more energy to wash and rinse the glass. We hope you will remember this the next time you ask for a glass of water. It is possible to go for days without drinking any water.”

O Lord, your almost-humble servant began to feel guilty. In fact, I was unable to drink that water. Yet, I could not send it back to the kitchen for that would be a greater waste, and the waitress would have had to use additional energy. What could I do?

Then I remembered your servant David, how he poured out the water that his brave men brought from Bethlehem’s well. I could not pour out the water on the floor, so I walked across the restaurant and knelt before a planter, carefully pouring the water into the soil. Though several people snickered, and one lady said something about “Druids worshiping bushes,” I persisted in my sacrificial act. It removed my guilt, but ...

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