A Lenten Discipline
The season of Lent begins tomorrow, the 40 days prior to Easter, when the Christian community enters a period of prayer, fasting and penitence. Many Christians give something up for Lent as an exercise in spiritual discipline. I recommend that we give up plastic bags for Lent this year. We can do this by taking canvas bags on shopping excursions to reduce the plastic that ends up in God's oceans. The Garbage Patch Island, shown below is twice the state of Texas and floats around the Pacific Ocean between California and Texas. Perhaps our shopping can become a sacred act of caring for God's Creation this season of Lent.