Warm Enough for You?
It turns out, my grandma was right all along. Her kindly-worded refrains of practical grandmotherly advice have held me in good stead. “Turn off the lights when you leave a room.” “Save that yogurt tub to use again.” And, “We’re going to drive out west, not fly.” My guess is these things were most likely uttered as penny-savers. I now know that they’re earth-savers, too. There is even new terminology for them: energy efficiency, simple living, curbing greenhouse gas emissions. My grandma, through her own style of conservation, was among my first teachers about simple living and deep Christian faith.
I have come to realize just how much these small daily choices of reusing and reducing matter. They matter to people of faith, as practices of faith. And the community that connects, equips and inspires Presbyterians to care for God’s creation is growing.
What incident has Martha become involved in? And who else does she bring down with her? Find out by reading the full text of this article in the July/August 2007 issue of Horizons.
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Charlotte Johnstone is a member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She (and the cast of Forbearance Presbyterian Church) welcomes comments. Write to her at Horizons, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396, or email email@example.com. Some of Charlotte’s most beloved tales from Forbearance are now available in the book, Annie, the Kitchen Queen and Other Dispatches from Forbearance Presbyterian Church. Order through Presbyterian Distribution Service (PDS), 800/524-2612 or www.pcusa.org/ marketplace; item HZN-06-304; $10 plus shipping and handling.
Illustration by Catherine Latson.
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