Day 66 March 8, 2014
Day 65 March 6, 2014 1st Day of Lent
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”‘ -Matthew 4:4
As we begin this journey towards the cross and resurrection of Christ, may we be inspired by the breath of life according to God’s Holy Word.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.’ ” Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 11 and “On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered him, “It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time. Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. -Luke 4:1-14(NRSV)
Oh Creator God, Open us to the moving of your Holy Spirit. May we be open to that breath of life whether it comes as a still breeze or as a driving wind or in your written word. We recognize that all our life and strength comes from you. We ask for your continuing help and guidance so we might persevere. Direct our lives into the ways of peace and justice. Amen
Day 64 March 5, 2014
LENT – THE FORTY DAYS
When I wept and humbled my soul with fasting, it became my reproach. -Psalm 69:10
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning -Joel 2:12
“The way a deer longs for streams of water, my soul has longed for you…Be hopeful, and wait for God.”
Psalm 42, The Complete Psalms, Pamela Greenberg
Day 63 March 4, 2013
INTO THE WILDERNESS
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness… -Matthew 4:1
Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly -Joel 2:15
“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. -Matthew 6:16-18
Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food. -Dallas Willard
Day 62 March 3, 2014
FASTING AND CHOICES
“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?” -Isaiah 58:6
Beggar’s Bowl Fasting Practice by Tom Cowan
“The beggar’s bowl is both a physical reality among the poor and a spiritual symbol of our neediness. Fasting is a method for experiencing that neediness in a physical way. Select a small cereal bowl before you go to bed and place a flower and some water in it. Begin your fast in the morning by making the intention that your hunger will be a form of prayer for the homeless in your area. Eat nothing all day. In the evening, remove the flower and water, and limit your dinner to the amount of food that will fit in the bowl.” Read more about spiritual practices at: spiritualityandpractice.com
“We tend to think of fasting as going without food. But we can fast from anything. If we love music and decide to miss a concert in order to spend time with God, that is fasting. It is helpful to think of the parallel of human friendship… It’s just one way of telling God that your priority at that moment is to be alone with him, sorting out whatever is necessary, and you have cancelled the meal, party, concert, or whatever else you had planned to do in order to fulfill that priority.” -James I (J. I.) Packer
Day 61 March 2, 2014
Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God. -Andrew Murray
Fasting, if we conceive of it truly, must not… be confined to the question of food and drink; fasting should really be made to include abstinence from anything which is legitimate in and of itself for the sake of some special spiritual purpose… That is fasting. -Martyn Lloyd-Jones
A fast is not a hunger strike. Fasting submits to God’s commands. A hunger strike makes God submit to our demands. -Edwin Louis Cole
Day 60 March 1, 2014
CELEBRATE GOD’S LOVE
God, you are my God. I celebrate you. I praise you. -Isaiah 25:1
Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! -Philippians 4:4 The Message
If God had wanted to be a big secret, He would not have created babbling brooks and whispering pines. -Robert Brault
A Celebration of God’s Love:
Study what the Scriptures say about God’s love and acknowledge that the loving words are about God’s love for YOU!
Look for how his love shows up all around you in your life…big ways, small ways, loud and soft ways, winding and bumpy ways, smooth and straight ways!
Tell other’s about God’s love for them and invite them to the party!
Welcome everyone to the table…God does!
Love everybody as God loves you! Open the gifts contained in your heart.
Share your God-given gifts with everyone else – at the party, in your family, community, and even the whole world.
Pray, praise, sing, and play. Make a joyful noise, giving thanks for His wonderful love.
Leave the celebration with a full and grateful heart. Remember to say “thank-you, God” for all you have received.
Celebrate! -Trish Hernandez
Day 59 February 28, 2014
“Celebrate who you are and what you stand for. Give wings to your dreams and live your aspirations. You’ve got only one life- live it in the best way you possibly can.”―Roopleen
“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection.
And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. -Luke 15:23,24
Day 58 February 27, 2014
“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!” -Barbara Hoffman
“Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.” ―Joanne Harris, Chocolat
“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.” -Richard Bach
“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” - John 15:11
Day 57 February 26, 2014
CELEBRATE ONE ANOTHER
“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’” Luke 15:4-6 The Message
“Friends don’t get jealous of each other or begrudge the other for finding success. They celebrate every victory together.”―Karen Kingsbury
“Celebration is a kind of food we all need in our lives, and each individual brings a special recipe or offering, so that together we will make a great feast. Celebration is a human need that we must not, and can not, deny. It is richer and fuller when many work and then celebrate together.” -Corita Kent and Jan Steward
O God, Thank you for our troubled times, for they make the fine times a feast worth celebrating together. Amen.