Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

Week 30 Day 1

Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

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Matthew 6:16‘When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

            Sometimes it is not easy to carry on “fasting” when our hearts are broken. The phrase that speaks of “wearing our hearts on our sleeves” is often one of the most crushing things that can befall us. Standing, looking stoic as if nothing would even dare to trouble us is perhaps one of the greatest hypocrisies we can perpetrate. In the spirit of Christian community, that is, His Church, we should be able to commiserate with one another in our grief. It is a matter often of foolish pride that we are afraid to share with others when we are hurt angry or confused. Being too “busy” is no excuse. It’s lonely on that fogbound road of mourning. Reach out to someone especially in this season of the Good news of Jesus’ birth.

            Certainly, go on fasting. Fast for one another, fast for strength to overcome weakness, fast for an answer to your need for companionship, but know that there is a time to reach out and to begin to share yourself with someone else. Maybe, you might be the answer to someone else’s prayer.

Published by larry7253

Larry M Lawrence is an author, composer, Musician, retired pastor, and lives in Missouri with his wife Jane.

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