Friday, March 30, 2012

Fast or Feast?

The desert can be very barren and lifeless.  That is until the rains arrive and overnight, life shoots forth. Lent is like that.  A time of barrenness that is quenched by the baptismal waters of Easter.  We are only a week away from the Easter Vigil: a time to review our fasting of Lent and the pending feasting of Easter.  It is a time to ready ourselves and our souls for the refreshing waters that await us!  As we move into this liminal time of Holy Week, take a minute for this prayer by William Arthur Ward:
Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ indwelling them
Fast from emphasis on difference; feast on the unity of all
Fast from thought of illness; feast on the healing power
Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude
Fast from anger; feast on patience
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism
Fast from worry; feast on divine order
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation
Fast from negatives; feast on affirmations
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness
Fast from self-concern (ego); feast on compassion for others
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope
Fast from suspicion; feast on truth
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promised that inspire

Blessings on both from what you fast from and what you feast on!


Michelle said...

Thank you for this meditation!

Fran said...

This says it all... Thank you, thank you, thank you.