The month of fasting

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From the first sighting of one moon to the first sighting of the next, people are called to eat and drink nothing from sunrise to sunset.

The fast is broken at sunset with a meal called iftar.  People spend a lot of time buying and preparing special, rich delicacies each day.

Ramadan intensifies people’s religious fervor.  The religious acts done count more towards salvation.  It is all a complicated mix of sacrifice and indulgence.  Fasting during the day; feasting at night.  Frenzied shopping for new clothes.  Giving alms to the beggars. Eager anticipation, excitement, dread…what if God does not accept what I am able to do?  Millions of people trying to earn their salvation.  For most, there is little hope, as they know they can’t meet the requirements.  They don’t know that it is a free gift.

My heart aches when I see the struggle and the uncertainty.  If only they could understand that salvation is not something that has to be earned.  I fast out of a desire to draw closer to a loving, compassionate God.

Ramadan, to millions of people, is about pleasing a distant god.  For most, especially the poor, it is impossible to follow all the rules.  What hope do they have?

 

 

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Have you ever noticed how many special ways God refers to us, His dear children? He calls us His beloved sons and daughters, the righteous, children of the kingdom, His anointed, royal priesthood, the faithful in Christ, His temple, His friends, and so many other loving names that speaks to who we are in Him. Also in many cases, the names we are given at birth have both biblical and heavenly identities tied into them. Our Heavenly Father who watches over us daily has created the ideal path for each of us to take to travel the journey of life, just as a father will make plans for his own child by putting things in place at a very early age for education, health, graduation, and marriage. God has predestined and equipped each of us to carry out a specific purpose that will create the design He desires to be in place for His kingdom to be effective in the earth.
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