Fasting for Lent – 25 February 2018

A Word from Revd Lynda: Fasting, or ‘giving things up for Lent’, is a very ancient tradition, but one we find very difficult in a culture that tells us continually we should immediately satisfy our every want.

Although the ‘giving things up for Lent’ tradition is grounded in this idea of fasting, I think a much more effective way of ‘fasting’ is to set aside our own selfishness and self-absorption for a while, and to ‘take on’ a greater concern for others, and to do this in a way that puts us out of our comfort zone a little.

Recently on Sunday we shared one way of doing both these things at the same time–giving something up and helping the parish! I encourage you to take one of our parish pledge cards, give up one coffee, a bar of chocolate or a glass of wine and then increase your giving to the Parish by $5 per week. If we can get 50 people to commit to this small extra giving, the parish’s bottom line will improve enormously.

A couple of years ago, I shared these ‘fasting’ pledges with you. They are definitely worth sharing with you once again:

Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling within them

Fast from emphasis on differences, feast on the unity of all life

Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light

Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that gratify

Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude

Fast from anger; feast on patience

Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism

Fast from worry; feast on trust

Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation

Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives

Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer

Fast from hostility; feast on nonviolence

Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness

Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others

Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal truth

Fast from discouragement; feast on hope

Fast from facts that depress; feast on truths that uplift

Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm

Fast from suspicion; feast on truth

Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire

Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence

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