Re-posted from: Community of Christ – Lenten Practices
Week 1: Fasting
To fast is to intentionally empty oneself in a way that makes space for God. During the season of Lent, we fast for 40 days remembering Christ’s own fast in the wilderness. It is a time to focus on what matters most amid alluring distractions. This practice empties us and prepares us to go deeper through each consecutive practice on the Lenten path. Fasting is about making space for God.
|Hymn for Reflection“Lead Me, Lord” CCS 450|
Choose something from everyday life you will noticeably miss. This could be a food item, a meal itself, or a prolonged period without eating. It could also be an amount of time you re-designate, or something you purchase on a daily or weekly basis that may be an excess in your life and not a need. It could also be intentionally reorienting your daily routine or inner dialogue.
A Lenten fast typically lasts from Ash Wednesday to Easter morning.
Choose an intentional act that will accompany what you are fasting from. What will you do in place of what you have given up? Is there something specific for which you are praying?
Spend time during your fast to pay attention to what is going on within you. Intentionally reflect through journaling or solitude. Notice the time frame you have set for yourself. Is your craving for what you have given up increasing or decreasing? What is the depth of your prayer life during this time? Are you feeling more focused?
Questions for Reflection
- How does intentional emptying make more space for God in your life?
- Does this disruption in your normal routine draw your attention to God and others in a new way?
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