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Ash Friday & Fasting

Fasting. From Judaism to Christianity to Islam to Hinduism to Buddhism — fasting is observed as a sign of sacrifice. The Reflection for today (Hays, 201), is slightly a tough one for me — I’m torn between fasting from food and attempting to remain nutritionally-sound given that I do my long marathon training runs on the weekend. But at the same time, there’s also the topic of Isaiah chapter 58 which highlights the fast as not only abstaining from your meals but on top of that, sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless, clothing the naked and not turning your backs on your own. I’m going to have to be extra mindful this Lent of that other aspect of fasting…  *lightbulb*


1 Hays, E. M. (1995). The Ascent of the Mountain of God: Daily Reflections for the Journey of Lent. Leavenworth: Forest of Peace Publishing, Inc.

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