Verse For the Day

Isaiah 58:6-7 (NIV) "Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice...Is it not to share your food with the hungry...?"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Lenten Journey

After nearly a year and a half of not posting here, or doing much writing of any kind, I think I'm ready to jump back in.
For the last several days, I have been preparing my mind, heart and soul for a 40 day fast, both by praying, and stocking up on the foods I will allow myself such as beans, rice and fresh produce. I plan to give the amount of money I've saved on food to a charity whose main focus is hunger.
I made this decision after picking up a book last week titled A Place at the Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor by Chris Seay. I really feel that God led me to the Christian bookstore that day, and placed the book in a place where it was bound to catch my eye. I have been saying for years that my passion is for hungry children, but not doing what I consider to be enough about the problem. Yes, occasionally, there’s been an opportunity to serve, but I haven't dedicated myself to anything on a regular basis.
Chris Seay writes that we are not to go into the fast for any particular blessing so that we may accept what God has to show us. I have accepted that guideline. My daughter Gina, and her husband have decided to do this fast as well.
 Most importantly, I wish to give honor to my Lord and Savior. Recently,I found a note I had written years ago which states “I have a master key that opens the door of understanding. People want to be loved and accepted.” I would add to that today that they need to be cared for.
I pray, Lord, for humility, strength and courage on this journey which will start tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. And thank You for leading me to do this. I have been praying for You to show me my call, and I believe this is the first step towards a longer journey. Let Your will be mine as well. I surrender all.


  1. Wonderful post! I don't think I've ever actually read your writing before. I'm not surprised in the least to find that it is beautiful. It's very brave of you to do this fast--I don't think I could do it! Good luck on the next 40 days! Off to read your first day recap...

  2. Thanks - that means a lot to me coming from you.