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day 81 – okay, out of hiatus

In thoughts on God on November 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

in Isaiah 58, Isaiah talks about true fasting.

i don’t know about you, but when i think about fasting i think about how much i’m not good at it.  i never have been.  i don’t usually give it a respectable shot because 1) i feel like i just won’t make it that long not eating and “just making it” (/chick-fil-a) will consume my thoughts, defeating the purpose of fasting, and 2) getting hangry. (hungry+angry)

some of my close friends have been studying and exploring Isaiah 58 in their own lives, and it wasn’t until yesterday that i dove in myself.

replacing eating with praying is besides the point.  it’s funny how pea-sized our thoughts on these religious to-do’s can be.

here’s what fasting is, from the mouth of the Lord-

“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

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If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
11And the LORD will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.

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there’s so much in there that is just so good.  i want my righteousness to go before me and the glory of the Lord to be my rear guard.

i really want to be like a watered garden, a never-ending spring of water (because honestly, i feel really thirsty in life – a lot)

this fasting is an act of radical love and servitude to the least –

the hungry, the poor, the homeless, the afflicted, and the enslaved –

to feed their mouths, give them a bed, anoint them with the Love of God and set them free in the name of Jesus

as He has set you free,

to pour yourself out for them.

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i love that.  this word is GOOD to feast on!

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