“Even though outwardly the Fast is difficult and toilsome, yet inwardly it is bounty and tranquility. Purification and training are conditioned and dependent only on such rigorous exercises as are in accord with the Book of God and sanctioned by Divine law, not those which the deluded have inflicted upon the people. Whatsoever God hath revealed is beloved of the soul. We beseech Him that He may graciously assist us to do that which is pleasing and acceptable unto Him.”
“I am greatly pleased with the city of New York. Its harbor entrance, its piers, buildings and broad avenues are magnificent and beautiful. Truly, it is a wonderful city. As New York has made such progress in material civilization, I hope that it may also advance spiritually in the Kingdom and Covenant of God so that the friends here may become the cause of the illumination of America, that this city may become the city of love and that the fragrances of God may be spread from this place to all parts of the world.”
chad mauger/left (adelaide, australia): Every year the Fast brings new lessons. In just these first few days I have re-examined my relationship with food. It has made me realize why I eat, apart from the basic physical need to do so. I have also experienced firsthand that “outwardly the Fast is difficult and toilsome, yet inwardly it is bounty and tranquility”: while my physical sense of hunger is heightened, my disquiet and anxiety is lessened. For this I am grateful.
ryan lash/right (nyc, usa): I constantly have to remind myself of the significance of this city that is now my home, the city of the Covenant. This morning, watching the sun light up the buildings from across the river was a good reminder. So far fasting this year has been a bit surreal as I’ve been so busy that I hardly notice that I haven’t eaten all day, which I suppose isn’t exactly the point of the fast now is it? But until the rest of the world gets on board with our schedule I guess that’s the way it’s going to be sometimes.