Lent 2015 … Day 13…. Another day fasting

Fasting for Lent_medFasting is difficult, this is my opinion!

I can see it is a mental discipline, and I think it takes commitment, but my mind wanders off to others things; emails to send, reports to write, meetings to attend, conversations to be had, and so the list of daily work routine goes on.

Isaiah was a correct in his words about fasting (Isaiah 58:3-9), that its not just about abstaining from food and water, but is means abstaining from anything that affects our relationship God.

I found this poem/prayer, I hope you find this as helpful as I do

Fast from judging others,

Feast on Christ dwelling in them.
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Fast from emphasis on differences;

Feast on the unity of all life.
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Fast from apparent darkness;
Feast on the reality of light.
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Fast from thoughts of illness;
Feast on the healing power of God.
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Fast from words that pollute;
Feast on phrases that purify.
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Fast from complaining;
Feast on appreciation.
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Fast from negatives;
Feast on affirmatives.
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Fast from unrelenting pressures;
Feast on unceasing prayer.
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Fast from hostility;
Feast on non-resistance.
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Fast from bitterness;
Feast on forgiveness.
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Fast from self-concern;
Feast on compassion for others.
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Fast from personal anxiety;
Feast on eternal truth.
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Fast from lethargy;
Feast on enthusiasms.
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Fast from suspicion;
Feast on truth.
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Fast from thoughts that weaken;
Feast on promises that inspire.
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Fast from shadows of sorrow;
Feast on the sunlight of serenity.
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Fast from idle gossip;

Feast on purposeful silence.

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Fast from problems that overwhelm;
Feast on prayer that undergirds.
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Author unknown

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Lent 2015 …. Day 7…. Fasting

Fasting for Lent_medFasting – that means nothing to eat or drink for a fixed period.

Oh dear- this is going to be hard for me.

As you may have read in my blog in an earlier post (see Body Theology), food and I have had somewhat up and down relationship… and now I have come to a point where I eat, when I want to eat. Some days I eat only fruit, some day’s just one main meal, sometimes snack, but most I try to be healthy!!

But fasting, deliberately not eating seems like more of a mental discipline. Having decided to undertake a fast each week, I brace myself and decide which day.

The early Church, Mothers and Fathers of our Faith, fasted to assist them in focussing on God through prayer and reading. Maybe I need to prepare myself the day before, decide the time frame. Some writers say from sunrise to sunset, others suggest from 8am – 8pm.

How did Jesus’ enforced fasting affect  him in the wilderness? Would he have been lightheaded, dizzy, dehydrated, confused, and disorientated?  No small wonder after 40 days and nights without food or water.  And here am I , considering one day a week… yes  it is a mental discipline, and if it means that I learn more about God, the One who loves me and cares for me, then it’s worth it .

Food or fasting?

Lord as I prepare to fast,

remain with me each minute and hour.

Let not my thoughts linger to the cheese and biscuits.

But to your goodness, and love for me.

Amen

RD