day 169: in the red

Fasting is a principle we, as Mormons, share with other world religions, even though the definition varies.  But fasting is not commonly observed in Christianity.  I find that interesting, knowing Christ himself fasted while engaged in his ministry. 

We believe we gain humility when we fast for a 24-hour period.  It gives us the opportunity for a renewed recognition of our dependency on God, and even allows us to have prayers answered.  I believe in this principle deeply, as I have felt a strong connection to the Spirit when I have begun a fast with prayer and allowed myself to be led. 

Even though we join together in our church, worldwide, on the first Sunday of each month, every person has a personal experience when she fasts.  This is what I love about my membership in my church (yes, I said "my").  It is somehow very global and very private at the same time, and that combo is hard to find on a soul kind of level.

So, as Sunday approaches I look forward to giving something up short-term so that I can gain something long-term.  Sacrifice?  What sacrifice?  I am so indebted that I can't even comprehend it.


Kimberly Vanderhorst | February 4, 2010 at 10:16 AM

I love that last thought you shared. What sacrifice?

Connie | February 4, 2010 at 7:54 PM

There's no way we will ever be able to repay! When we try, we're more in debt!

Anonymous | February 4, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Well said! Already know what my fast is for this month - great blessing to get to do it!!!