I don’t know about you, but during Lent I really like to “fast.” Just kidding. I don’t like to fast at all. It takes a lot of effort for me to look pleasant and not wimpy when I don’t eat. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are hard, and I hope every year I won’t get a headache. I DO recognize the importance of the practice though, and I WANT to like it for the spiritual benefit, but… you know… I like to eat.
Last year I heard about a very practical way to “fast” during the 40 Days of Lent. It’s a simple practice called “The 5 Minute Fast.”
- Give up something you want for 5 minutes. At the end of 5 minutes, if you still want it, give it up again. Another 5 minutes goes by and so you give it again….or maybe now you don’t. Either way, you have offered something up for Lent.
- Each time you give something up, pray for something or someone. Fasting is, after all, a discipline to benefit your spirit and to remind you of your dependence on God.
- Remember to be grateful.
Over the years I’ve practiced a form of frequent (not every day) fasting. Usually I decide to fast from a snack, or more likely from a Starbuck’s stop. These are little longings that I want but can really do without. The “letting go” of little things helps keep me aware and grateful of the blessings I have. I like this.
So here’s to Happy Fasting and a Happy, Blessed Lent. For another lenten post, visit Happy Lent.
For more reading on the meaning of fasting, visit the USCCB website here.
In hope, Peggy
Note: I searched for the 5 Minute Fast online and found one site: ToJesusSincerely.com Have you heard of this practice? If so, please leave a comment on its origin. Thanks!