Fast from all food and caloric drinks until 5 PM. Among the many lessons of fasting, patience is a key one. As the day goes on and hunger grows the desire for food will also grow. But we must wait, we must learn to be patient in the fulfilling of this desire. In fasting deliberately for one day we are training ourselves to be patient for other times when we must put our desires on hold and wait.
A Day for Patience
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.