There's truth in the old hymns

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By Carolyn Risner

I like to shower. I enjoy clean clothes. I have to have my coffee in the morning–and night–lots of it.

But those things take water. Daily.

And for months now I have sympathized with my North Georgia friends who are suffering through the worst drought in 100 years.

Lakes Hartwell and Lanier are mud puddles. Docks are useless and more importantly good potable water is a rare commodity for tens of thousands of people.

Rationing is in effect in many communities and the countdown has begun as to when the last of the water will be available if the heavens don't soon open and grant their pleas for rain.

Water is one of the many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving season.

It, along with electricity, are but two of the things I think we all take for granted.

You flip a switch you expect power.

You turn on the tap and you know water will flow.

It's a given.

But for many, it's not.

Those of you who have endured nature's wrath through hurricanes, blizzards or tornadoes know that oftentimes the real necessities of life are often not within reach.

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