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Lenten Carbon Fast 2020 ~ 6th Tuesday

Plant trees or shrubs next to your house. This cuts down on cooling costs in warm weather.

Today’s step is aimed at installing an air-conditioner for your home only this air-conditioner comes from the nursery rather than the hardware shop.

Trees and shrubs accomplish this on many fronts. Their shades reduce air temperature by blocking sunlight and keeps solid surfaces from directly receiving solar radiation. Additional cooling occurs when water evaporates from the leaf surface, known as transpiration. This process occurs when the sun’s rays hit the leaves and increases evaporation. This cools the the leaves, much like sweating cools our skin, reducing the amount of energy left to warm the air.

Did you know that the evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of 10 room size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day? It can!

Strategic placement of trees & shrubs will amplify this effect. For instance, shading of roofs, driveways, patios and other solid surfaces will keep these surfaces from absorbing sunshine and storing that heat.

Isaiah 49:1-7 


Isaiah 49

1Hear me, coastlands,listen, distant peoples.Before birth the LORD called me,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.2He made my mouth like a sharp-edged sword,concealed me, shielded by his hand.He made me a sharpened arrow,in his quiver he hid me.3He said to me, You are my servant,in you, Israel, I show my glory.4Though I thought I had toiled in vain,for nothing and for naught spent my strength,Yet my right is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.5For now the LORD has spokenwho formed me as his servant from the womb,That Jacob may be brought back to himand Israel gathered to him;I am honored in the sight of the LORD,and my God is now my strength!6It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,to raise up the tribes of Jacob,and restore the survivors of Israel;I will make you a light to the nations,that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.7Thus says the LORD,the redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,To the one despised, abhorred by the nations,the slave of rulers:When kings see you, they shall stand up,and princes shall bow downBecause of the LORD who is faithful,the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you.

Psalm 71:1-14 


Psalms 71

1In you, LORD, I take refuge;let me never be put to shame.2In your justice rescue and deliver me;listen to me and save me!3Be my rock of refuge,my stronghold to give me safety;for you are my rock and fortress.4My God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked,from the clutches of the evil and violent.5You are my hope, Lord;my trust, GOD, from my youth.6On you I have depended since birth;from my mother’s womb you are my strength;my hope in you never wavers.7I have become a portent to many,but you are my strong refuge!8My mouth shall be filled with your praise,shall sing your glory every day.9Do not cast me aside in my old age;as my strength fails, do not forsake me.10For my enemies speak against me;they watch and plot against me.11They say, “God has abandoned him.Pursue, and seize him!No one will come to the rescue!”12God, be not far from me;my God, hasten to help me.13Bring to a shameful endthose who attack me;Cover with contempt and scornthose who seek my ruin.14I will always hope in youand add to all your praise.

Corinthians 1:18-31 


1Corinthians 1

18The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the learning of the learned I will set aside.”20Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.26Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, 28and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, 29so that no human being might boast before God. 30It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, 31so that, as it is written, “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.”


John 12:20-36 


John 12

20Now there were some Greeks among those who had come up to worship at the feast. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. 25Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.27“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” 29The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; but others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come for my sake but for yours. 31Now is the time of judgment on this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” 33He said this indicating the kind of death he would die. 34So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. Then how can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35Jesus said to them, “The light will be among you only a little while. Walk while you have the light, so that darkness may not overcome you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where he is going. 36While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of the light.”After he had said this, Jesus left and hid from them.


 Shading your central air-conditioning compressor will allow it to perform more efficiently. Also focus on the westside of your home as most often is the case that temperature rises throughout a summer day peaking in mid-afternoon.

Today’s photo courtesy of Rob Mulally on Unsplash

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