Isaiah 58:10   If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.

Meditation: Isaiah Chapter 58 deals with True Fasting.  The sacrifice of fasting, giving up food for a period of time, was meant to draw people closer to God.  Instead, God’s people, the Hebrews, were doing all sorts of selfish, unkind, and wicked things that displeased God on the days they set aside for fasting.  God intended that they work for justice, feed the hungry, and help the afflicted and those less fortunate.  The promise was that if they did what was pleasing to God, He would bless them.  They would be like light in the darkness and their gloom would change to the brightness of noonday.

This Lenten season is a good time to think about True Fasting, giving up something for a period of time so that our thoughts are on God and what he would have us do to make our world a kinder, better place and so that we can find ourselves drawn closer to God and experience His love for us in meaningful ways.

Prayer:  Lord, bless us as we seek to honor you during this holy time of Lent.  Amen.                    KS