Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday - the first day of Lent -  and I cannot decide what spiritual discipline to take on for this season...so once again I am posting the prayer that was read last night while we watched the burning of the palms from last year - a prayer that offers a myriad of fasting/feasting options.

Fasting and Feasting
Fast from worry; Feast on trust.
Fast from words that hurt; Feast on words that heal.
Fast from anger; Feast on patience.
Fast from discontent; Feast on thanksgiving.
Fast from gossip; Feast on the courage to go to the source for more accurate understanding.
Fast from discouragement; Feast on hope.
Fast from bitterness; Feast on forgiveness.
Fast from suspicion; Feast on truth.
Fast from fear; Feast on love for stangers.
Fast from judging others; Feast on the Christ within them.
Fast from focus on differences; Feast on the love that unites us all.

Elizabeth Bloch's+ adaptation of William Arthur Ward's Lenten prayer.

4 comments:

Jean Wise said...

This is a great prayer. thanks for sharing. I am paying attention and creating space for God. Trying to listen more attentively this year. Also slowly digesting the Gospel of John. I guess practicing more mindfulness this season.

Mr. Bill said...

I like this a lot! Thanks for posting this!

truewonder said...

These are words to live by, to love to attune one self. Thank you much...

Vicki said...

Interesting article on labyrinths:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/094bdd9a-571e-11df-aaff-00144feab49a.html#axzz1GAfsInNO