Judith Schwartz and Michael E. Webber each call attention to the challenges facing the water over which the Spirit broods.
At its worst, Protestantism has long been deeply suspicious of all holy things, of the very notion that a physical object can carry anything of the sacred. At its best, such a suspicion is aimed instead at the notion of holier things—of an elite, rarefied sacrality that sets a few things utterly apart. So I’m not among those rolling my eyes at Rep. Bob Brady for seeing something holy in a glass of water.
No rain in California is a disaster for all of us. But the drought, now entering its fourth year, is also an opportunity.