We often describe Lent as a season of Fasting. But, in truth, fasting has fallen out of favour. Now, rather than fasting, we are likely to give up something for Lent – biscuits, cakes, wine, sweets. Increasingly we are encouraged to take on something for Lent – more prayer, more bible reading, more charitable work. All of this is good but I want to suggest that there is still some benefit to be had by fasting.
The dictionary definition of fast is: Abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, especially as a religious observance.
So what are the benefits to us of abstaining from food or drink? Continue reading “Welcome to Lent”