True Lenten Discipline

09 Mar 2022

We begin the second week of Lent, forty days set aside in the Christian church for reflection, self-examination, and sometimes fasting. I recently came across a very different challenge in this season. Instead of fasting chocolate or meat, how about this poem by Brad Berglund.

True Lenten Discipleship

Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in them.

Fast from emphasis on differences; Feast on the unity.

Fast from thoughts of illness; Feast on the healing power of God.

Fast from words that pollute; Feast on phrases that purify.

Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger; Feast on optimism.

Fast from complaining; Feast on affirmatives.

Fast from bitterness; Feast on forgiveness.

Fast from self-centeredness; Feast on compassion for others.

Fast from lethargy; Feast on enthusiasm.

Fast from suspicion; Feast on truth.

Fast from idle gossip; Feast on purposeful silence.

Fast from problems that overwhelm; Feast on prayer that sustains.

For more information on Brad Berglund:

To read previous articles on this topic, see:


Spiritual Adjustment

Photo was taken by Debra Buenting in 2021 of a monastery in Armenia.





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