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#BlessedBreak – Amazing Grace


Yet even now, says the Lord,
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.

Joel 2:12-13

“Fasting and Feasting”

Fast from judging others,
Feast on the Christ dwelling in them
Fast from emphasis on differences
Feast on the unity of life
Fast from apparent darkeness
Feast on the reality of light.

Fast from thoughts of illness
Feast on the healing power of God
Fast from words that pollute
Feast on words that purify
Fast from discontent
Feast on gratitude

Fast from anger
Feast on patience
Fast from pessimism
Feast on optimism
Fast from worry
Feast on Divine Providence

Fast from complaining
Feast on appreciation
Fast from negatives
Feast on affirmations
Fast from unrelenting pleasures
Feast on unceasing prayer

Fast from hosility
Feast on peace
Fast from bitterness
Feast on forgiveness
Fast from self-concern
Feast on compassion for others

Fast from personal anxiety
Feast on trust
Fast from discouragement
Feast on hope
Fast from acts that tear down
Feast on acts which build up

Fast from thoughts that weaken
Feast on promises that inspire
Fast from idle gossip
Feast on purposeful silence
Fast from problems which overwhelm
Feast on prayer that undergirds

* The poem was found unattributed in Scarboro Missions, February, 1999 edition and passed along to the church office by Roseann. The video features the Arlington Children’s Choir singing Amazing Grace at a recent community worship service at Arlington Forest UMC.


#BlessedBreak is a video devotional that offers readers a quick respite for spiritual sustenance. Keep an eye on ACoB’s online sites for more of this digital sanctuary.

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