Fasting in Unity
"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life for evermore." (Psalm 133)
This morning I began my third day of fasting. But I was not alone. I gathered with David Beckmann and Tony Hall to talk and pray. It was a time of support and encouragement. When you stop nourishing your body with food, it makes it all the more necessary to nourish your soul with the support of others through prayer and reading scripture.
What also gives me great strength and encouragement is to know that nearly 5,000 Sojourners' supporters have joined in fasting, prayer, and action as well. This kind of unity is not only good and pleasant, but, as the Psalmist says, it is where the Lord bestows blessings and even life forevermore.
Jim Wallis is the author of Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery, and CEO of Sojourners. He blogs at www.godspolitics.com. Follow Jim on Twitter @JimWallis.