Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The theme for Lent this year at my church is sustainable living.
"The word Lent comes from an old Anglo Saxon word meaning springtime. While often in the church, we think of Lent as a season of asceticism and denial, really at its heart, Lent is an opportunity for renewal and growth. Caring for creation in a way that is sustainable is part of Christian calling. Fasting is a traditional Lenten discipline. This year, why not fast from something that is destructive to creation."
- Pastor Shannon Anderson
Some ideas (from the church's Lenten devotional booklet):
Fast from disposable coffee cups or water bottles by carrying your own.
Fast from purchases at national chains by shopping at local stores.
Fast from individual automobile use for any destination in easy walking, bicycling, or public tranit distance.
Fast from energy and water use by taking a lukewarm shower and turning off the water while soaping up.
If you would like an electronic copy of the Lenten devotional booklet with many more ideas, please email me at leciaandalexi at yahoo dot com.