Guest blogger Michelle Erofeyeff (UnitingWorld National Committee member) offers the second of a series of reflections on her experience of Lent through Lent Event
Two weeks of Lent Event have now passed. I’m still going strong getting through each day without coffee but have this week finally given green tea a try. For a while I’ve heard experts recommend that replacing coffee with green tea was something people should consider to improve their health. I have to confess I’ve always been a picky eater and I think I was always scared to try green tea. When I was at school I spent some time in Japan and actually enjoyed the special tea ceremony of green tea but that was a bit different. I have actually only drunk regular tea for the past 2 years. So, finally this week I decided to try to see if I could replace my habit of coffee with green tea. Whilst I wouldn’t say it is anything to write home about, it has served the purpose to fill my afternoon coffee habit. I’m not yet sure if I’ll be able to permanently replace coffee with green tea but it has been an experience for me to have a go.
I continue to enjoy my Lent Event study group. Whilst we are smaller than in the past, it is great to take the time to stop, reflect and discuss together how we might consider relationship with people overseas who are often described as “living in another world”. I know from experiences overseas, that people living throughout the world are just like us in so many ways, even if they have less. It is so important for us to realise that we can sometimes have more in common with people on the other side of the world that with people who live down the street. As Christians, it is always good to be reminded that we have Jesus in common with members of our partner churches and that we are brothers and sisters. It is easy to get caught up in our own ‘world’ and forget that God loves those in Timor Leste, Zimbabwe, India and PNG every bit as much as he loves us here in Australia. In fact, it is sometimes easier for us here in Australia to forget we need God in our lives, than those for whom poverty is their everyday reality.
I’m thankful for Lent Event as a time for Action, Reflection and Connection to recalibrate our lives, including our habits and build relationships, both locally and across the globe. And knowing that I am doing Lent Event with thousands of other people across Australia and beyond is exciting and encouraging.
To find out more about Lent Event and resources available to encourage you on the journey, visit www.lentevent.com