IS THIS NOT THE FAST I CHOOSE?
with Rev. Rachel
6 IS THIS NOT THE FAST I CHOOSE? Isaiah 58
Spiritual disciplines are a form of fasting. In offering ourselves to spiritual exercises, we fast from the things that our false selves tell us we ought to be doing instead.
The fast chosen in the piece below is too lovely not to share. It evokes much of what I find to be true and beautiful about Melody Porter: Reverend, Deacon, Director of Community Engagement, Boulevardian, hostess, writer, sojourner, friend to real food and the really vulnerable, my sister on this path.
Meeting God in My Newspaper. by Sue Monk Kidd
Sometimes there is so little time for prayer in my life,” I said to a woman at a conference, “for taking moments to be in God’s presence.”
“Do you read the newspaper?” she asked.
I nodded, wondering what the newspaper had to do with it.
“Each morning I carry out a spiritual exercise with the paper,” she said.
She began on the front page, praying for each event. “Sometimes my heart is torn by all the tragedy, and I feel God hurting along with me. But there is also some good news, and I try to praise and thank God…”
The local news was where she listened for any prompting God might give her—writing a letter about a council vote or bringing clothes to a needy family. At the announcements, she prayed for each marriage, each baby. At the obituaries, she prayed for the families of those who had died.
Over the comic strips, she opened herself to God’s healing through laughter and found God present in her joy. “Do you think your prayers have made much difference in the world?” I asked.
“Oh yes,” she said, “but it begins with me.”