Sunday, February 14, 2010

Fasting and Feasting During Lent

I came across the following list and thought it would be of interest to the readers of this blog as we approach this Lenten season. We often think of giving something up for Lent, which is fine and can have great spiritual value. Others speak of adding a discipline rather than giving something up. A discipline might be an additional time of daily prayer and meditation or Scripture reading. It might be a community service activity of some kind, or volunteering for some worthwhile cause.

Whether you add or subtract during this Lenten season, may do it with the goal of becoming more like Jesus. The list that follows may give you some ideas for Lent that, hopefully, will continue on past the Lenten season and help you to reshape and redirect your life in the areas where needed.

Fast and Feasting During Lent
Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ indwelling 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 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 pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility; feast on non-resistance.
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 shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that undergirds.
William Arthur Ward
(American author, teacher and pastor, 1921-1994.)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Wesley's Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own, but Thine.
Put me to what Thou wilt, rank me with whom Thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for Thee or laid aside for Thee,
exalted for Thee or brought low for Thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to Thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am Thine.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.