For all my American friends, as you prepare today for your big feast tomorrow, consider this quote by Richard Foster from Celebration of Discipline (affiliate link):
“To use good things to our own ends is always the sign of false religion…Fasting reminds us that we are sustained by ‘every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Matt. 4:4)…Therefore, in experiences of fasting we are not so much abstaining from food as we are feasting on the word of God. Fasting is feasting!”
Today, over at One Fun Mom, I’ve posted Five Ways We Teach our Kids about Prayer and Fasting. This may seem strange as part of a Thanksgiving series, but I think it’s important that as we feast and thank the Lord for His blessings, we keep our attention on Him!
And especially with the encroachment of Black Friday into Thanksgiving, it’s so important we keep in mind that everything we do in preparation for Christmas is to prepare for the Nativity of our Lord and Savior. We need to sit down with our families, thank God from our hearts for how blessed we are this Thanksgiving, and then determine how we will spend the next month preparing for the Coming of Christ and honor this season.
Fasting is one way we can deal with the encroachment of materialism into our Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here are some great blog posts discussing the relationship of fasting with Thanksgiving and Christmas feasting. I’ve found them very encouraging and challenging with good reminders to keep our heart’s focus on Christ! (Keep in mind that while you and I may not agree with all the theology presented in all of these, there is still much to learn from them!)
Fasting is Feasting from Soul Shepherding
We Can’t Feast if We Don’t Fast from Salvation Army
Advent 101: Fasting from Higher Things
And don’t forget to hop over to One Fun Mom and check out my post today, Five Ways We Teach our Kids about Prayer and Fasting. It’s actually a really fun post as our family really enjoys coming up with creative ways to fast and focus on the Lord.
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