Friday, February 24 ::: True and False Fasting

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Is not this the fast that I choose:

to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke,

to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house;

when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily;

your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, “Here I am.”

Isaiah 58:6-9a

audio : Cello suite No.1, Prelude in G Major, Johann Sebastian Bach

image : “Dawn, Noon, Sunset and Dusk”; Salvador Dali (1979)

 The dearest idol I have known,

Whatever that idol be,

Help me

to tear it from Thy throne,

And worship only Thee.

William Cowper, 18th century

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