The time of Lent will soon be upon us with all the traditional days such as Shrove Tuesday (17th February) and Ash Wednesday (18th February). Some of us may make pancakes, investigating various recipes, feasting well, however fewer people I imagine will do anything special the following day. The discipline of Fasting is practiced less. Perhaps there is a way that we could all join in that, but using a different format. I found the following reflection, which I thought very inspiring. The reflection encourages us to leave behind, to fast from those things which are negative and damaging and to concentrate upon, feast upon those things which are positive , build up, and bring good. I hope that you find it inspiring too.
Fasting and Feasting
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 purify.
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.
Rev Michelle Ireland