As I sat hungry at the evening Ash Wednesday service, I thought of a meal I had a couple years ago. Crazy, I know, but this one really made an impression on me. A friend was on a diet that gave her very precise directions for each meal. For this one, she could have 3 ounces of tuna, some specific number of cherry tomatoes, a certain number of cucumber slices and a few crackers. As she told me the lunch that she, and consequently I, would be having, I was a bit dismayed. So, when we got to lunch, and put it all together (although mine had a little mayo and some pickles with the tuna), it was really incredible. It’s one of my favorite summer lunches. It’s light, refreshing, delicious, and makes a beautiful plate. Today, it made me think that in fasting, we learn to appreciate the simplest of things. It doesn’t take fancy, expensive ingredients or a super-star chef to make something wonderful. It can be as simple as a couple vegetables, a protein, and a cracker. And so it goes with pretty much anything in our lives, doesn’t it?


About Karen May

Child of God, wife, mom, author, teacher, musician
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3 Responses to Fasting

  1. Micky Bumbar (Lords of the Drinks) says:

    Why not give the all beer diet of these German monks a try once during Lent?

    • Karen May says:

      I finally had a chance to look at your post on this. Great story, and too funny! I don’t think I’ll be trying this one though. It would probably make my posts interesting in a way that I don’t intend. 🙂

      Thanks for the link, Micky!

      • Micky Bumbar (Lords of the Drinks) says:

        Hahaha… Some things should not be shared with the whole world. You’re most welcome.

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