- Cherry Cream Cheese Wreath
- Broccoli Ham Wreath
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Devotional: Bri Johnson
What is fasting? I think the modern Christian church often feels unfamiliar and even uncomfortable with the topic of fasting. For many people, the practice seems steeped in legalism and fear. However, we see the Israelites, the disciples, and even Jesus himself fasting – and we know that Christ came to fulfill the law and abolish fear.
In the Bible, the prophets speak of “the day of the Lord” approaching as a fearsome, wrathful judgement for all people. But God, in his rich mercy, calls to us.
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.
We are called to “rend our hearts” through prayer and fasting - which literally means to violently tear into two. I don’t know about you, but I’m not over here jumping up and down excited about that… What a picture though! God is rich in mercy and love. He will be gracious towards us when we come contritely before him.
Fasting is an external expression of an internal reality. Our reality is that Christ came once into this broken world as a tiny baby – and He is coming again! In fasting, we repent in our hearts, confess our sin, and turn away from it in a tangible way.
As we remember the coming of Christ and anticipate his coming again, let us commit to a personal time of fasting as the Spirit leads each of us individually. If you would like to read more about fasting, you can read this article.