Fasting from food can be a wonderful practice that cleanses the heart as well as the body. John Wesley named fasting as one of the “Means of Grace”—what we can do to prepare our hearts for God’s grace to flow within us. Prayer, Bible study, Holy Communion and conversations that are uplifting to others, are also means of grace.
I suggest that you spend some time with your parents to learn about the benefits of fasting. Just Google “Benefits of Fasting” and see what you and your family can learn and practice that responds to the teaching of Jesus.
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This being Year A,
the first year in the cycle, we generally read from the Gospel of Matthew.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.