I’m adding here the first two weeks of my spiritual study/fast, which I happen to believe is about as individualized and as personal as it gets. So I’ll let you decide how you want to proceed on your own terms. I started this on Valentine’s Day and have been sending it out daily to very close friends and family. Each read is short and i will update this site daily for the next 26 days with a new reading each day. Here we go with Days 1 – 7:
“Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3 NLT
Awakening. In our society one of the ultimate goals is comfort. But that is the opposite of what we are taught to seek. Our teacher tells us to give our things away and not to worry where the next meal will come from. By rejecting “things” and materialistic goals we bare ourselves, we shed meaningless connections that weigh us down, become more honest and vulnerable and thereby allow ourselves to cling to a more intimate spiritual relationship. Even when EVERYTHING is lost we are fed.
35 Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. 36 Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.”
37 But Jesus said, “You feed them.”
This passage is, of course, leading up to the miracle of dividing the loaves and fishes to feed the crowd. It struck me as I read it this time as a direct instruction. We are not supposed to be on the sideline. When was the last time I gave food to a hungry man? Maybe when I was in Africa. But knowing people are hungry all around me I haven’t fed a single person since that I can remember. Meantime I haven’t missed a single meal, as you can see by looking at me! So what if that panhandler isn’t really down on his luck? What’s it to me? The fact is he is on the street asking for help. What good am I to the Faith I claim so fervently if I can’t at the very least help HIM. Jesus said it right and simple, no stuttering at all. YOU FEED THEM
2 Corinthians 3:16
16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.