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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: To Fast or to Feast

on February 18, 2015
When I was a teenager, rites and rituals were significant aspects of my spiritual life.  I took the rules and regulations of my religion very seriously.  (At one point I wanted to be a nun.)  Then in my late teens/early twenties, I went through a season of questioning, and discovery of God’s word.  At the end of it, I decided to leave many of those rituals behind.
But if I think about, every church I’ve attended since has had some traditions, if not as many as I used to follow.  And rituals are not necessarily bad.  We can allow them to supersede or replace God in our hearts, or they can lead us to reflection and gratitude.  As with so many things, it’s really about the heart—the why behind the traditions that we practice.  Each day, whether or not we give it a special name and observe it in a special way, is a day that the Lord has made.  Whether we feast or fast, may it all be for the Lord.
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.  Colossians 3:17

image credit: “Votive Candle Rack in a Church” by Antonio Barillo under Creative Commons

This post was inspired by “Suppressing Alleluia” @ Shereadstruth.


8 responses to “Hide-the-Word Wednesday: To Fast or to Feast

  1. Amen! Well said. Blessings to you and yours.

  2. I like what you said about it having to do with what is in the heart.

  3. deyarrison says:

    Very true, what is in our heart and mind is critical to how we experience God and any traditions or rituals of our faith. May God grant us each purity of mind and humility of heart! Visiting from “Fellowship Fridays” link-up.

  4. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    Agreed. Have you seen the series on Catholic and Protestant beliefs I have going on right now? I’m getting ready to write about traditions very soon 🙂

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