“As bidden I waited expectant upon the hill of faithfulness, yet inhaled not from them that dwell on earth the fragrance of fidelity.”
“Verily, by His remembrance the eye is cheered and the heart is filled with light.”
bobby (los angeles, u.s.a.) left: In the last few years, my relationship with the Fast has evolved into something that I am quite surprised by. Growing up, I saw Fasting as a duty or an obligation…something I HAD to do but was never fond of. Any excuse I could think of was a legitimate reason for me to break the Fast…from headaches, to lack of energy and yes, even hunger. I remember justifying for myself that it was ok to chew gum, for the same reasons that it is to wear deodorant, so that my breath, like my body, would not smell bad. Many years are behind me now. Maybe it’s old age or the perspective that one gains from living life. Or, maybe it’s the hunger pains that have finally gotten to my head…but I’ve come to realize that what I once perceived as a thorn at my side, I now see as a loving parental figure that guides my waking moments, throughout the nineteen day period.
alison (luanda, angola) right: Dawn is my favorite time of day but during the Fast it takes on a new meaning. I wake up listening closely to its quietness while the rest of the world around me is still silent. Aware of my inner self and taking in those moments to reflect and pray, I prepare for another day of fasting.