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Lenten Carbon Fast 2020 ~ 5th Tuesday

Re-use an item you would have thrown away, like a jam jar or a plastic yogurt container

Reduce, Reuse, RecycleToday we bring our focus to the “second R”, Re-Use. Created in the mid-70s, the catch-phrase Reduce, Reuse, Recycle has long been a way of life for many in the environmental movement. For me the recycling symbol has always been a reminder of this phrase of three.

Taken in the full context, the end game of the 3Rs is actually to recycle less! This is because we focus 1st on actions of Reduction ~ buying only want we need, consuming products with less packaging and sharing what we have with others. We have stepped through these very actions during earlier days of our carbon fast.

Isaiah 42:14-21  


Isaiah 42

14For a long time I have kept silent,I have said nothing, holding myself back;Now I cry out like a woman in labor,gasping and panting.15 I will lay waste mountains and hills,all their undergrowth I will dry up;I will turn the rivers into marshes,and the marshes I will dry up.16I will lead the blind on a way they do not know;by paths they do not know I will guide them.I will turn darkness into light before them,and make crooked ways straight.These are my promises:I made them, I will not forsake them.17They shall be turned back in utter shamewho trust in idols;Who say to molten images,“You are our gods.”18You deaf ones, listen,you blind ones, look and see!19Who is blind but my servant,or deaf like the messenger I send?Who is blind like the one I restore,blind like the servant of the LORD?20You see many things but do not observe;ears open, but do not hear.21It was the LORD’s will for the sake of his justiceto make his teaching great and glorious.

Colossians 1:9-14 


Colossians 1

9Therefore, from the day we heard this, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding 10to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, 11strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. 13He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Psalm 146 


Psalms 146

1Hallelujah!2Praise the LORD, my soul;I will praise the LORD all my life,sing praise to my God while I live.3Put no trust in princes,in children of Adam powerless to save.4Who breathing his last, returns to the earth;that day all his planning comes to nothing.5Blessed the one whose help is the God of Jacob,whose hope is in the LORD, his God,6The maker of heaven and earth,the seas and all that is in them,Who keeps faith forever,7secures justice for the oppressed,who gives bread to the hungry.The LORD sets prisoners free;8the LORD gives sight to the blind.The LORD raises up those who are bowed down;the LORD loves the righteous.9The LORD protects the resident alien,comes to the aid of the orphan and the widow,but thwarts the way of the wicked.10The LORD shall reign forever,your God, Zion, through all generations!Hallelujah!


I’m always astounded by the creative reuse of things otherwise destined for the land-fill. Today’s jar-lights are but one example. Artists and sculptors have long been creating with waste materials and here are a few examples from a Mental-Floss post.

For the techie’s among us, here’s a video on creative reuses for components found in laptops.

Today’s photo courtesy of Javier Graterol on Unsplash

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