May 15, 2023

Rhonda Patterson
"One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so the Lord and gives thanks to God."
Romans 14:5-6

While growing up and in my early adult years, I belonged to a church where biblical fasting was virtually untouched. The only fast I can recall was when our pastor’s wife was gravely ill, and a church-wide fast was called to intercede for her. When I began attending Cypress, I encountered several, if not many, folks who embraced fasting as a spiritual discipline, and I began to learn of and personally experience its benefits.

When I look back at my former church, I don’t judge it for any area where it may have been lacking; rather, I’m grateful for the areas of strength in which I was discipled there. The above passage reminds me that each person’s spiritual growth is part of his own journey. While the opportunity to judge arises countless times in a day, the opportunity to extend grace is limitless as well. May we continuously choose to generously grace one another as we journey together in Christ.