Time Check 2am.
Sleepless in Sydney once again as I stayed up past the ‘sleep window’ watching tv which was hot on the heels of 3 long chapters of a theology textbook.
Yes blogosphere, you have been forsaken for the joys of deep theological study. Specifically this month, Christology… I just bet you never knew there was such a thing as a deep intellectual branch of science all about Christ. Yep. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying this course… I know… it’s not normal.
However, I’m not posting about Christology, so if you were about to leave here for more interesting shores, forgive my errant ways and let me waffle on about fasting… another strange and unusual Christian rite/tradition.
Now, I know that mostly fasting is associated with Lent, which is not heavily featured in the Pentecostal calendar. We just fast when we get the urge. And our Senior Pastor got the urge for the church to do a 21 day fast in August.
So? I hear you say, you don’t have to fast do you? The answer is of course no, I choose to do this. And for what it’s worth, it isn’t as though I’m eating NOTHING… actually, I’m doing a partial fast, I simply eat fruit, veges, seeds and nuts, and occasionally some meat. And I drink juice or green tea.
Yeah, sounds like a diet huh? Well, it may have physical benefits as well as spiritual ones, certainly the absence of coffee made its presence felt with the headache and lethargy, but a week into this 21 day course of action and I’m feeling pretty good. (No, no chocolate either… [gasp]).
The next step is to pray, and the flip side of the fast is that there is a roster going for 24/7 prayer, in the prayer chapel (yep, our church has a dedicated prayer building) and tomorrow I’m going to pray for an hour. Got anything you want me to add to the list?
Ooh.. here’s the answer to my prayer for tonight…[she yawns]…. yep, better head to bed before I miss the next window…