Preparations for Fasting

by Katie Harmon-McLaughlin

This day is for joy.

It is for delight.

It is for savoring.

It is for saying-

What tastes and feels good

Can also be holy.

This feast day is sacrament.

It is open table and good food.

This day is preparation

For the long days of fasting ahead.

It is for breathing deep and making ready.

It is the last bite for now…

It is the sacred willingness

To give up the things we think we love

To discover more fully the One we love.

This day is the edge of the desert place.

We enter by choice,

Led by the Spirit.

But that comes tomorrow.

This is the day for gazing at what lies ahead

With full hearts and stomachs

Grateful for this abundant life

And the journey that leads

Through emptiness

To an even deeper abundance.

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