Lent, as many of you know, is the 40 day period leading up to Easter. It is often seen as a time to examine and reflect on our relationship with God and others. There are four disciplines that are most commonly associated with Lent to help us in this regard: prayer, repentance, giving to the poor (also known as almsgiving) and self-denial (fasting). These practices can really help us cultivate a deeper relationship with God and help reorient our priorities.
Chris Seay, who pastors a Vineyard church in the US and is also the author of a new book for Lent called “a place at the table – 40 days of solidarity with the poor”, has a great introduction to fasting. The video clip is about 15 minutes long. After about 3 minutes he begins to address what solidarity with the poor can look like during Lent, for those of us who live in the West. It is well worth a listen. So I suggest making a cup of coffee (or tea!) and taking a few minutes to check it out: http://vimeo.com/34583810