Daniel Fast Day 8
Reading: Daniel 1:20-21
“No matter what question the king asked or what problem he raised, these four knew ten times more than any fortuneteller or magician in his whole kingdom. Daniel remained at the royal court until Cyrus, the emperor of Persia, conquered Babylonia [539 BC].” (vs 20-21 tev)
Daniel and friends mastered the arts, science and politics of Babylon. They were able to compete vigorously with their peers, and to provide exceptionally wise advice and counsel to the king. And that’s what he had expected when he brought the brightest and best from Judah after conquering Jerusalem.
The king didn’t realize that these young men would also introduce him to the God above all gods, and that his relationship with Yahweh would shape his royal career in dramatic and unexpected ways.
We value education. We earn advanced degrees. We wrestle with tough questions about faith and the arts, faith and science. And we walk with Jesus in this journey.
Today we are one-fifth of the way through our Lenten Daniel Fast. I am enjoying the taste of fresh vegetables and fruit. And I’m slowly adjusting to life without processed sugar. I tried Ratatouille for the first time on Tuesday night when Chris made it for our Sunday Grace team. And I’ve found two great vegetarian restaurants, one in the Kerry Center and the other in Super Brand Mall. (Let me know if you want more information.)
And I’m enjoying times of prayer, journaling and reflection. I hope to see you all at the Oasis Night of Prayer tomorrow evening.
Jesus, thank you for walking this Lenten journey before us. Thank you for giving us strength when our bodies complain and our spirits sag. Renew us with your sweet presence today. We want to do what you are doing each day of our Daniel Fast.