Friday, September 3, 2010

Family Fasting

We returned home from a week of an extended family vacation at the beach. 

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 58:6-7
Over 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.


  1. I tried to leave a comment and it dissappeared from the box! Hope you don't get two. Anyway, I sure enjoyed meditating on this verse this morning. I shared it with my husband and we discussed it together especially how it relates to our family. Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi Stephani,
    Thank you for sharing your response to this post. I continue to meditate on Isaiah 58 as I pray for family. Enjoy the long weekend!