Lent should be more than a time for fasting. It should be a joyous feasting.
Lent is a time to fast from certain things and to feast on others.
It is a season when we should:
Fast from judging others; feast on Christ indwelling them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life.
Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from negative; feast on affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility; feast on non-resistance.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal truth.
Fast from facts that depress; feast on verities that uplifts.
Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from suspicion; feast on truth.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from idle gossips; feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that under grids.
May we truly find peace amidst the craziness of our modern, perpetually plagued Life. Excuse me, though, as I go get more sleep.