New Spring, New Rain…

September marked the start of Spring here in Melbourne but in Melbourne, the start of any season is never that clear cut.

This past winter proved to be one of the wettest winters Melbourne has experienced in the last few years. While most urbanites were complaining about the inconvenience of a wet winter, my farmer friends were rejoicing at the excessive amount of rainfall that their plots of land were receiving this year. Even in the middle of Spring, we experienced weeks of heavy rain and wind.

So what is the big deal?

From my discussions with friends who are farmers, I have come to understand that each adult, on average, consumes around 100 litres of water a day for general consumption, kitchen use, bathroom use, laundry and other functions. Farmers in the country-side take water conservation very seriously as they have to survive mainly on rainwater collected throughout the year. On top of human consumption, these farmers have to factor in their livestock and agricultural needs. I was told that a 600kg cow can consume up to 250 litres of water a day. Just imagine how much water they would need if they had 50 cows and calves on the paddock!

Due to global warming, there have been years when drought and forest fires put these farmers at a high risk where property, livestock and human lives could be lost.

Why is this important ?

Growing up in Singapore during the 70’s, we had fresh, unfiltered running water at our disposal. Many-a-time, I admit that I have been guilty of taking water for granted. We, humans, can survive for about 2 to 3 weeks without food but after 3 to 5 days without water, we will experience dehydration and our body systems will rapidly deteriorate. This demonstrates just how important water is for our daily survival.

Water brings life to everything – from our basic subsistence, to our hygiene, to the ecological system.

When it comes to scripture, I can’t help but notice the water references in Jesus’s teachings. He often uses water as a metaphor in relation to life. Today’s farmers still understand the critical importance of water but us, urbanites, may not realize how blessed we are to have easy, unlimited access to water. This convenience with which we attain water has more often than not, led us to wasting water instead of cherishing it.

As I ponder on this, I feel called to heighten my awareness of how important water is to life.

John 4:14  

Jesus said whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.

Mark 1:8

I have baptised you with water, but He will baptised you with the holy spirit.

John 3:5

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God

John 10:10

… I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

These scriptures have impacted my personal life. As I equate water to the Holy Spirit, I have learnt that our lives cannot be sustained by earthly things or modern conveniences as these could sometimes lead to the ignorance of heavenly things.

If physical water sustains life, how much more will the Holy Spirit sustain us? It is clear in John 10:10 that Jesus came to give life to the fullest. John 7:38 clearly says, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Perhaps today, as we change our perspectives on how we treat the daily use of water, we will similarly be transformed in the way we honour the Holy Spirit, our sustainer of life!

Deanna married to John is a stay-at-home-mom to 3 children and currently based in Melbourne, Australia. A former staff of COOS, Deanna loves to create art, enjoys experimental cooking and is an enthusiastic organic gardener who dreams of one day using creative therapy and food to reach out to the marginalized throughout Australia. You can follow her on Instagram @deefatfarm or @weareakrylic


Events on August 29, 2019

7:30 pm: Choir Performance

Location: Church of Our Saviour, 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on August 31, 2019

9:30 am: An Overview of the OT (Session 3 of 4)

An Overview of the Old Testament
For more information, visit https://www.coos.org.sg/church-life/christian-education/
Location: Room 217
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2:30 pm: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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3:00 pm: Flea Market

Looking for volunteers to set up booths to run a flea market in COOS! Gather a few friends or cell members, collect unused clothes and accessories, mend a stall at the atrium. Proceed of the sales will go towards the Geylang Ministry in COOS! If you are interested, please register at the admin counter or at this google link. Contact Tan Choon Meng at 81235996 for more information.
Location: Atrium
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3:00 pm: Flea Market

Volunteers needed for outreach initiatives to our community for the Flea Market! Gather your family, church friends or cell members, go into our neighborhoods (Stirling, Dawson and Mei Ling) at your own time and invite the residents for the flea market event on 31/8 and 1/9. Every flyer has a $10 value coupon attached so that they can exchange for the items at the flea market! Contact Tan Choong Meng at 81235996 for any enquiry.
Location: Atrium
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4:00 pm: Alpha Parenting Teenagers Course

A course for parents with children from 11 - 18 years old. It equips carers of children with strategies and tools in building a healthy family life. It is relevant for people of all faith.

Date: 31 Aug, 7, 14, 21, 28 Sep, 5 Oct
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: COOS

Register at admin desk or scan QR code or thru this link: https://bit.ly/2vq7ClL
Location: COOS
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4:45 pm: Evergreen Fellowship Talk

Evergreen Fellowship is organising a talk by Mr Benny Ong on "Understanding the difference between Advance Medical Directive (AMD), The lasting power of Attorney and The will.
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Events on September 1, 2019

8:30 am: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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10:45 am: English Service : Pastor Joseph You speaking [Holy Communion]

Location: 130 Margaret Dr, Singapore 149300
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Events on September 3, 2019

2:30 pm: Watercolour Workshops

Loose Florals Watercolour Painting
Location: Atrium
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Saturday | 2.30pm
Sunday | 8.30am and 10.45am
Saturday | 4.30pm
*Except every 1st weekend of the month, where youth joins main services.
130 Margaret Drive Singapore 149300
It is a 10-minute walk from the Queenstown MRT Station.The bus-stops nearest to the church are served by
SBS Bus 51, 111, 145, 186, 195 and 32 and TIBS Bus 970.

The office is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am to 5.30pm.

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