The message at church yesterday concerned fasting. My friend Jerry told the congregation that until recently he had never fasted, but when he found that he had to preach on the subject Jerry decided that he had better listen to Jesus (who said when you fast – not if) and begin fasting. Jerry’s initial experience was that he needed to do something to distract himself when the hunger pangs became overwhelming. This, of course, is the whole point of fasting in that by foregoing a meal and the associated preparation time we have a little extra space in our day to spend time in God’s presence. The problem for Jerry was that initially it was gardening he chose as a distraction.


I missed lunch on the day that I ate the above in the evening. But missing lunch was not a fast. It just enabled me to work more effectively.

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