The traditional fast days for Lent are Friday and Wednesday. You may be familiar with fish being served on Fridays, year-round; that comes from the Catholic tradition and is a way of recognizing Good Friday, the death of Jesus on the cross. During Lent, this Friday tradition is especially highlighted. Wednesday is chosen as well, since we begin Lent with Ash Wednesday. But, the entire Lenten season is considered a time to fast, as our Muslim friends fast for the entire month of Ramadan. If you have any special health needs (such as blood sugar or blood pressure), please take that into account when making plans to fast.
Some people create their own alternate fast. For some, it involves specific food or drink – no chocolate or no alcoholic beverages. For others, it may be no television (to focus on other ways for the family to gather). And, more and more, people are focusing on positive changes or giving back. Volunteer to clean the home of someone who needs help. Volunteer to serve in a ministry or outreach. Read through the New Testament, or listen through the audio New Testament (check our audio Bible resources on the “resource” page of the church web site). In only 28 minutes a day, you can listen through the entire New Testament in the 40 days of Lent.
In this Lenten season, while I do not have a standard recommendation for fasting, I do encourage us all to find a new way to make more room for Jesus in our lives. Blessings!