Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, are two examples that come to mind. Or you may know someone whose blood chemistry causes their doctor to say
“No more this, that or the other thing”. Or you may know someone who lives with food allergies where ingesting a certain food is life threatening.
There has been quite an awareness raised about gluten and the connection to health problems such as: behavior in children, arthritis inflammation, digestive issues to name a few.
There is at least one magazine dedicated to recipes and information for those in the above categories. It’s title? Living Without.
Ironically all this comes to mind along with a bigger idea of what it means to live without food. The food that one needs to survive let alone thrive.
The media throws around statistics to get our attention but not often enough do we hear how many millions in our country are hungry. When you think of starvation, be honest; images of developing countries with tin, cardboard and plywood walls come to mind..
This week of Lent is focused on the spiritual discipline of fasting. I have been challenged to choose a meal daily, or one entire day, to fast. Whatever my meal would cost could be put toward an agency who helps feed those without. This sounds really awesome!
This challenges me. I can’t even write yet about the conviction I feel.
Do you fast? What are your experiences?