St. Andrew’s Creation News

November 2, 2023

Rivers & Lakes

Today’s Creation News created by Anna Magner

The Gift of Water

It started at the very beginning when the God spoke and brought water into being. Throughout the history of God’s people, there has been water at pivotal moments. The Thanksgiving over the water in the rite of holy baptism (Book of Common Prayer p. 306) recalls the children of Israel being led through the water of the Red Sea from bondage to the land of promise. We also have Noah's Ark (Genesis 6-9), Jonah and the Big Fish (Jonah), Jesus is Baptized (Matthew 3 or Luke 3), Jesus Walks on Water (Mark 6:45-56), Woman at the Well (John 4), Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet (John 13:1-17) just to name a few. Water is alive, moving, and ready to carry us through transformation to new places. How has your life been transformed by water?

The sound of a babbling brook or the water of a river tripping lazily over rocks has brought peace to me many times over the years. At a particularly difficult time in my life, I went to visit relatives in central Washington. While there, we all piled into the car and drove northwest for a few hours until we came to a small cabin in the woods. I’d been having difficulty sleeping and was worried about the long dark night in an unfamiliar place. As I lay in bed listening to the house quiet down, I became aware of  the sound of a burbling creek just outside my window. It was very meditative. Soon, I was enveloped in a deep, peaceful sleep. Now I find myself drawn to rivers and creeks just to sit and listen and experience the peace that the sound of moving water offers.

Dungeness River

The second steepest river in the United States, the Dungeness River begins high on Mount Mystery in Olympic National Park, flowing into Dungeness Bay on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Its watershed provides an important source of clean drinking water for Sequim, Washington.

Sol Duc River

As the largest of the four rivers which ultimately form the Quillayute River, the Sol Duc River travels 72 miles west from its origin on the north side of the High Divide in Olympic National Park.


There are lakes scattered all over the Olympic Peninsula. The most familiar are the large lakes: Crescent, Sutherland, Cushman, and Quinault. But most of the lakes are small alpine lakes that are accessible only by hiking. These lakes have names as beautiful as the scenery around them. In the Sol Duc area is Seven Lakes Basin with Mink, Deer, Heart, and Lunch Lakes. Farther east between Deer Park and Obstruction Point are Moose Lake, Grand Lake, and Gladys Lake. If the names themselves don’t make you want to hike into the mountains and camp by one of them, maybe some photos will.


Water connects all physical and spiritual life. As well as being the visible sign of Baptism, it is essential for life. Having clean water for all God’s children is an act of justice, love, respect and a core value of what it means to be a Christian.  

There is a the resource guide called Shadow of the Salmon: Respect the Salmon, Respect Yourself. It was developed for teachers of the eighth grade by the Washington Indian Education Association,  the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians, and the Pacific Education Institute. The guide includes a list of 10 things we should know about watersheds and I think it is worth a read:

(inspired by Isaiah 55:1-3)

Come to the water, all you who thirst,
come drink deeply from the river of life.

Come to the water, all you who are weary,
come rest in the quiet pools of God’s love.

Come to the water, all you who long for justice,
come be renewed in God’s ever-flowing stream.

For God is here among us,
washing away the dust and grime of our lives,
and pouring out the Spirit on all who thirst.

Let us worship God together.


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