During the period of 40 days, the Lord prepared Himself for His earthly ministry. While we’re not sure exactly what that entailed, we do know that He fasted. Traditionally, fasting is a time of abstinence from something, generally food or drink. The purpose is to practice self-restraint and to focus on God. The idea is that we are cleansing our soul for God, by meditating and praying.
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?” Isaiah 58:6-7
Isaiah informs us that fasting teaches us humility, lets the oppressed go free, and feeds the hungry. Fasting is a time to think of others and to take action. We aren’t to spend Lent grieving for our “loss.” Instead we are to use it as a season of giving, to fight injustice, and to care for the needy.
My family is using this period to provide for the impoverished by using the gift catalog from FH. Each week we are picking an item and using that to bless others.
This week, in thinking of cleansing our soul for God, we are giving a water pump.
Many communities that Food for the Hungry works with have a lack of potable water – whether used for drinking or hygiene. A water pump helps an entire community to have clean drinking water, water for their crops, and for bathing. It’s a simple gift with a huge impact.
All of my kids are excited about the idea of giving a water pump, except my son – Elijah (2) – who’s just not into bathing! But Evie (age 8) explained to me why we should pick the water pump.
Daddy, a water pump doesn’t just help one person, it helps a whole bunch of people!
Think about joining us, whether you’re wanting to help a “whole bunch of people” or just one child. Challenge your friends and family to 40 days of giving instead of 40 days of grieving!