It's A Reminder To Be Green
In the Book of Revelation, we read that the leaves of the tree of life are given for the healing of the nations. We have a tree. It was drawn on a sheet of brown paper imitating the sassafrass tree which has leaves that are hand-shaped and mitten-shaped.
People have written their commitments to “being green” on the leaves. The leaves have been taped to the tree. The tree grows as our awareness of the ways we can meet the challenge of climate change grows.
To paraphrase Joyce Kilmer....
I think that I shall never read a blog as lovely as this tree.
Here are some of the leaves:
- Turn off the light when going out of the room.
- Hang clothes outside.
- Use cloth napkins.
- I will use the t.v. guide and not channel surf looking forthe least objectional show.
- Drive more efficiently.
- Hang up towels into of throwing them in the wash.
- Cold water wash.
- I will leave the car at home when I can walk.
- Take cloth bags to grocery store.
- Change the light bulbs to the squiggly new kind.
- Use less paper.
- Save water.
- Use paper bags instead of plastic bags.
Trees have hundreds of leaves.... What would you write on one?
As the leaves were handed in and taped up, each person was given a green button to wear. A small, plain bright yellow green button.
It was to remind us to be green.
And subversively, we hoped people would ask us about our buttons. There was no text, no image on the buttons.
We wanted to say, “It is a reminder to me to be green. My church gave it to me.”
At St. Margaret’s we understand that we are stewards of God’s good creation and ambassadors for Christ.
We are on a journey.
Life is an adventure.
We are following as the Holy Spirit leads.