Stewardship of Creation
Green Team offers weekly Lenten devotionals
In the spirit of sacrifice, self-denial and penitence, the Green Team is offering weekly devotions during Lent for your thoughtful study. This week we ask you to prayerfully consider what we can do to create a lifestyle of sustainability.
Daily Scripture: Acts 2:43-47
“Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the good will of all the people.”
We pray, therefore, for the strength to change our personal and public lives, to the end that there may be enough.
Consider these facts:
In the year 2000, each person in the United States threw away approximately 4.5 pounds of waste each day, totaling 231.9 million tons of municipal solid waste. Food scraps accounted for 11.2% of that landfill waste, amounting to 25.9 million tons of food waste produced in the U.S. in 2000. American children are increasingly both overweight and malnourished. Low income households have a good chance of being hungry and obese.
Immediate: Reduce the amount of processed foods you eat and limit heavily packaged foods. Pay attention to the food you eat, where it comes from and how it tastes. Cooking from scratch takes time but is healthier, better for the environment and immensely more fun.
Long term: Plan with members of your community times to share in sustainable community meals. Enjoy these opportunities to take time to prepare and enjoy the fruits of the earth with others. Perhaps you can use some wonderful recipes from around the world. The book “More with Less Cookbook” is great for this! www.worldcommunitycookbook.org/more/about.html Make eating something intentional and prayerful instead of fast and disembodied. Enjoy your food!
Gracious God, we pray the words of Wendell Berry,
“I have taken in the light that quickened eye and leaf
may my brain be bright with praise of what I eat,
in the brief blaze of motion and thought.
May I be worthy of my meat.”