Lent is marching on! How are you doing with your various resolutions regarding the Lenten practices of fasting, almsgiving and prayer?
I had a conversation with a friend recently about the value of fasting or giving up certain foods for Lent. I’m not sure God benefits much if I give up desserts for Lent, although I surely benefit from taking a few pounds off.
But I do think there are ways to make fasting more meaningful. How about:
- Fasting from eating alone, and instead sharing a meal with a friend.
- Fasting by skipping a meal and donating the cost of that meal to someone in need.
Or, thinking of fasting in terms other than food
- Fasting from the use of plastics (as I heard recommended by a church in England)
- Fasting from criticizing those with whom I disagree.
I’m sure you can think of other things. The question is simply: How do I make fasting more meaningful. Giving up sugared cereal is great for kids, but surely we can do more than that.