Lovefast 1: A family fasts

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Image: Rachael Gorjestani, Unsplash

Lovefast 1: A family fasts

By Chas from Mahabba Croydon


Daily verse

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
— Luke 10:38-42, NIVUK

Thought for the day

Preparing food

I’m Zahrah, a wife, and mother to four young children, and this year again, I face thirty days of cooking special meals along with very little sleep.

When Ramadan falls in the summer, it’s particularly hard:

Get up to cook curry and chapattis. Lay the table

Wake my husband and other family who may be staying over
Eat the meal, finishing with a hot drink
Do our ‘namaaz’, praying we can keep the fast and not think about food
The men go back to sleep and, after clearing up, I can get a few hours’ sleep.

Get children up; school run; housework; cooking

Preparations for opening the fast

Open with dates, water and fruit, followed by dishes like biryani, pilau, samosas and pakoras
Wash dishes and clean up

Bed, after preparing another meal

Out of bed, in time to start all over again!


Inspired by today's entry from the 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World entry

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Daily action

Consider fasting in your own way for Muslims to come to know Jesus this month.

Prayer for the day

Think what it must be like in a Muslim family during Ramadan.  Pray for your Muslim neighbour to find freedom in Christ.


Your turn

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