In today's service, Karen spoke, of course, about Lent, talking about "holy hunger" when Jesus was roaming in the wilderness. When Lent arrives each year, I do try to give up something, to mindfully and prayerfully contemplate God's grace. Some years, I have given up coffee, others shopping, others sweets. This year, I came across this challenge from the Church of England that seems appropriate for our times, a challenge to give up consumption of plastics for Lent. It seems like an interesting, contemporary spin on an ancient tradition, so I thought I would share it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/world/europe/lent-plastic-church-of-england.html
May we all offer ourselves to service of Christ in new and innovative ways this Lenten season.