Day 18 - March 6, 2018

Not "Giving Up" for Lent

Isaiah 58:6-7

This year I found nothing I felt that ‘attached to’ to give up for Lent. I was not brave enough to attempt a ‘total fast,’ but nothing else seemed to be of the proper magnitude; as a God-gift in our current, dark times. Lenten ‘abstinence’ is a long-standing family and faith tradition, but there must be true and precious value in the gift. After some prayer and more news watching, I realized that many people have given up hope…and not just as a Lenten abstinence. So, I have decided to beat back my New Year apathy and see what additional needs I can tackle in His name and with His grace.
Isaiah 58:6-7
 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
I am unsure what ‘chains of injustice’ I can loose or who to ‘set free,’ but I will pray. I am clear there are folk I can help feed and clothe. I can broker visits and offer shelter to friends and family alike (even though that will mean I need to truly clean my house and move my long standing sorting-piles from the guest room.) I have a nephew I should really reach out to… I will pray and God will guide, and maybe my Easter table will overflow even more than anticipated.
God, please use me as your hands and feet. Guide me in meeting needs that are expressed to you by those in fervent prayer. Especially those who have given up hope in humanity.
submitted by the Fredrikson Center Team

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