Monday, April 4, 2011

Fasting and Feasting

       "Fasting and Feasting" is a handout that was given to me to use a reflection during Lent. Lent is on the home stretch now, and I wish I could report that I had spent time each day praying and meditating over this, but it wouldn't be true. Fasting, like most religious traditions, can easily be minimalized to legalism. This reflection reminds me to strive for more than meeting goals, but to seek to grow closer to the heart of Christ on my Lenten journey.  It occured to me it might be an interesting spiritual excercise for me to review my past blog posts and give them a "Fast" or "Feast" rating. My instinct tells me I have a bit of work to do in the fasting department. Thankfully we have a merciful God who not only encourages us to move forward, toward Him, but provides us so much to feast on along the way.

Fasting and Feasting

Fast from judging others; feast on Christ dwelling within them
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of life.
Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of God
Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; feast on divine order.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.
Fast  from unrelenting pressure; feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility; feast on peace.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; feast on trust in God.
Fast from discouragements; feast on hope.
Fast from tearing down others; feast on lifting others up.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm;
feast on prayer that overcomes.