I think I understand you, Jade, and my understanding says this is like certain practices during the Lenten season when someone "gives up something for Lent", as I have heard said. I have not done this, but I have known others who would make some sort of sacrifice through this particular time. It could be food, or an activity they enjoy, something that would be considered a sacrifice because of their enjoyment in eating, or doing a particular thing.
What was the motivating factor behind the decision your church has made? Was it for a specific reason?
You know, I happen to really like brussel sprouts! Giving them up might be a sacrifice for me, as would be giving up any vegetable. Now that I think of it, giving up FOOD is a great sacrifice! I kind of like food in general.
Because of the spiritual significance of a fast, I want to learn more. I am particularly interested to understand why Jesus informed His disciples that certain kinds of spirits came out only by fasting and prayer. This is why I wondered the reason your church was holding a fast, if it was something specific or not.
In one of the other threads I began on ancient practices and rituals that are not widely observed today, I am attempting to understand the purposes of such things and seeking information from others about their beliefs. Seems to me that there is a sort of come back on these rituals. Growing up I had not heard of modern day foot washings, prayer cloths being used, or too much on fasting. I find it all quite interesting.
Thanks so much for your input, everyone.
Peace to you and God bless,