Fasting Mark 2: 18-21

Fasting is not
my one-day-at-a-time sobriety,
or what my friends are doing
who have said good-bye
to heroin or gambling,
hello to a plan of eating,
admitted to being powerless over online
pornography or shopping.

Those are a one-day-at-a-time
wedding feasts every single day!

Fasting is taking away
what distracts me from noticing
the world’s many, many hungrys
and the way we make
unrepentant contributions
to tomorrow’s hopelessness.

Needless to mention, I don’t drink
new wine or vintage,
out of wineskins or bottles,

and it has been a long time
since I have patched my clothes,

but I know a parable
when it’s about to burst us open,
with new plans, new ideas, new sharing,
or rip the cheap iron-on patches
right off the easy fix
we want to give others’ troubles.

Porter with a wineskin Tbilisi, George Niko Pirosmani [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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1 Response to Fasting Mark 2: 18-21

  1. bingo!

    On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 3:28 AM, Gifts in Open Hands wrote:

    > Maren posted: “Fasting is not my one-day-at-a-time sobriety, or what my > friends are doing who have said good-bye to heroin or gambling, hello to a > plan of eating, admitted to being powerless over online pornography or > shopping. Those are a one-day-at-a-” >

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