I used to be Catholic. When I was a little girl, I would fast on candy and when I got older, all sweets, during the time of lent. Later, I went to a faith that did not involve lent or fasting, at least not at any certain time.
But recently I was looking into the Anglican faith, and I ran across this wonderful poem, a lent fast, the kind of fast that would certainly please God and most definitely cause a sparkle in the soul!
Here it is. Enjoy, and feast on the wonderful outcome of fasting on the things that would destroy us:
Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ within them.
Fast from emphasis on difference; 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 complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from worry; feast on trust in God’s Care.
Fast from unrelenting pressure; feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from facts that depress; feast on verities that uplift.
Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that undergirds.
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 discouragements; feast on hope.”
-William Arthur Ward (American author, teacher and pastor, 1921-1994)
And don’t forget to have a joyful Easter. Jesus lives so that we might live!