(Alice & Maria)
Easter Fast 2010
Starting Ash Wednesday Service to Saturday Evening
"I don't have a thyroid so my fast includes a banana and an Ensure in morning and the same 12 hours later. Water is the only beverage consumed, though I have also done banana, Ensure, and juice fast also. This specific fast was no juice.
This is the second year that Maria and I did a three day Easter fast signifying the three days Christ lay in the tomb. The first year I did the Easter Fast I broke it with the breakfast served at church on Easter morning. My digestive tract was in agony most of the day. This second Easter Fast I chose to break it Saturday night and I was fine after eating breakfast on Sunday morning.
My original purpose was to obtain closeness with God. What I learned through this was that I give God complete control of things that I don't have any control of anyway, but the things that I think I can control by some form of manipulation, I hang on to so I can fight and twist things the way I want them to be. I should mention that this has never worked for me.
In the end I realized control is the biggest illusion. To think that I have any control over something makes me independent of God, self-reliant, and almost makes me my own God. I also realize trusting God and being completely dependent on Him is an on-going battle since it is contrary to the natural man."