Lent: A Different Approach to Fasting

Lenten fasts have a tendency to be oriented toward things like giving up food or television. But there are many other creative ways we can welcome Jesusí healing touch this Lent. Below are some suggestions you may want to consider.

  1.  Fast from anger and hatred. Give your family an extra dose of love each day.

  2.  Fast from judging others. Before making judgments, recall how Jesus overlooks our faults.

  3.  Fast from discouragement. Hold on to Jesusí promise that he has a perfect plan for your life (Jer. 29:11).

  4.  Fast from complaining. When you find yourself about to complain, close your eyes and recall some of the little moments of joy Jesus has given you.

  5.  Fast from resentment or bitterness. Work on forgiving those who may have hurt you.

  6.  Fast from spending too much money. Try to reduce your spending by ten percent and give these savings to the poor.


Vol. 21, # 3