David Beckmann, Fasting as an Offering to God

March 25, 2011 at 6:19 am Leave a comment

Several weeks ago, my friend Tony Hall told me he felt called to a period of fasting in response to the budget debate that now dominates Congress. I have decided to join Tony—a former member of Congress who now leads the Alliance to End Hunger—in a one-week, water-only fast. I will begin March 28.

I invite you to turn to God in fasting and prayer during these weeks before Easter. If you choose to fast—for a week or until Easter—do it in a way that’s right for you. What’s important is that we invite our loving God more fully into our lives and into the life of our nation. The debate about the federal budget is really a debate about national priorities, so we invite God to reshape our personal priorities and the priorities of our nation.

Communicating with our elected representatives—and praying for them—will be part of this fast. We want them to form a circle of protection around poor and vulnerable people—and the programs that support them—as Congress weighs cuts to the federal budget. As people of faith, we believe that programs for poor people should be as effective as possible and that our nation should be increasing—not cutting—efforts to overcome hunger and poverty in our communities and around the world.

We have developed a guide to fasting that describes its spiritual basis and various ways you can participate—by skipping a meal, praying for hungry and poor people, taking only water, and/or speaking to your members of Congress.

I will report on my fast through Breadblog, Facebook, and Twitter. If you feel so moved, please join me in the fast. Also, please share this email with a friend.


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