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February 13, 2013

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Trying to have a complete thought while there are little kids within throwing distance and noisy power tools operating is difficult but here goes.

Fasting (in one form or another) is something that seems appropriate for every Sabbath. There is nothing wrong with doing it for 40 consecutive days. That said, I am assuming that fasting does not always mean not eating or drinking.

Lent can be a time of preparation but it seems to be mostly treated as a time to add on to your salvation. Several times I've heard people say, "I can't wait for Lent to be over so that I can (eat chocolate, drink beer, play video games) again. *sigh*". It is hard to imagine that giving up any one thing for 40 days is going to make a difference in one's ability to truly think and feel (meditate). Do I need to wait for Lent in order to be truly grateful, thoughtful, and conscious? I think not.

I do understand the impact of distractions. Fasting is always appropriate but not for "feast" days like Sundays. We are not to fast while the "master is with us" and of all things, the Lord's Day celebrates the Risen Lord's presence... sooo, all the other days I am right with you. Do you need to wait for Lent? Nope... is it as good a time as any... yep. Spiritual disciplines/helps vary subjectively in their use. Fasting is not commanded, like the sacraments are... I find it helpful... but if something else works better for you, I am happy for you.

blessings... and thanks for taking the time away from the kiddos to meditate on my blog post for a few moments.

Your devotional article on Ash Wednesday clarified the definition of Lent that makes the most Biblical sense versus my notion of it being a way to make yourself right with God. Also from that article, I take away fasting to mean replacing something important (to the individual) that is done frequently in order to meditate on the four points mentioned above. Abstaining from food seems to be a good one. I talked with Teaquaffer (and it has been difficult to discuss this with him) and asked why not just set up an alarm to go off on your phone every few hours or so. I guess the physical urgency would be taken away and it would be easier to ignore and I guess the reminder that we don't live on bread alone would not be so important. Maybe you would talk more about when it isn't appropriate to fast. I don't know why but I don't feel compelled to fast. Maybe I should. Maybe every time the kids are impossible I already remind myself of 1,2,3,4. I have to admit I don't pray for anyone else when that happens so maybe fasting is important.

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