Friends in Christ,
On Ash Wednesday, I shared with you a list of Lenten “Fastings and Feastings” written by Pastor Greg McDonell of Austin, Texas. I had the privilege of serving as a pastor intern years ago under Greg. Several of you asked for that list, and I thought I would share the list here.
As we move toward the glories of Easter, the empty tomb, and the Risen Lord, may the Lenten season be a time of earnest preparation for you. I hope you find this list helpful in that. Have a meaningful and blessed Lent.
Lent is a reminder and an opportunity, as Greg writes, to:
Fast from worry, and feast on divine order by trusting God.
Fast from complaining, and feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives, and feast on affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures, and feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility, and feast on tenderness.
Fast from bitterness, and feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern, and feast on compassion for others.
Fast from idle gossip, and feast purposeful silence.
Fast from judging others, and feast on the divine within them.
Fast from emphasis on differences, and feast on the unity of life.
Fast from greed, and feast on generosity.
Fast from thoughts of illness, and feast on wholeness.
Fast from words that pollute, and feast on the phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent, and feast on gratitude.
Fast from suspicion, and feast on truth.
Fast from the thoughts that weaken, and feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from problems that overwhelm, and feast on prayer that undergirds.
See you Sunday!
Pastor Mike Ulasewich