We enjoyed food, fellowship, and funny stories.
During the same week, I heard in some cases, and observed in other cases, the brokenness and pain of illness, sorrow, and unmet desires in extended family members and friends.
Is not this the kind of fast I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter - when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not turn away from your own flesh and blood? Isaiah 58:6-7Over the years, I experienced the grace of being set free from chains of injustice and cords of yokes. Loving care provided me with shelter, fed my hungry spirit and soul, and clothed my nakedness.
So, it is with a desire to comfort people with the comfort I received, that I fast. With God's grace flowing through my heart and hands, I fast by...
loosing chains of injustice
untying cords of yokes
setting the oppressed free
breaking every yoke
with the Father's love, the compassion of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit.