|The Joys of the Fast||June 7, 2005|
I can admit it: I love fast Sunday. The idea of sacrifice, of laying those two meals on the altar and making covenants with our Heavenly Father—it is my favorite time of worship.
You may remember Melanie. We’ve known each other since I moved to the city, and she has been a good friend to me. If I got up to the stand, I would probably be the first to bear my testimony that “I love my roommate…” And yet, sometimes she just drives me nuts—especially on fast Sundays.
Melanie typically goes out late Saturday with Aaron, her boyfriend, and stumbles back in early Sunday morning (unless she and Aaron are making out on the couch all night; long story). So she gets up and leaves for church with me at noon, we have a good time at Church, but then she eats right away when she gets back (usually around 3:00). So, the apartment begins to fill with good food aromas (Melanie loves to cook, unfortunately), and I find myself struggling to keep my thoughts straight.
I love this talk by Elder Pratt of the Seventy. There’s a very profound quote in there that I keep in my scriptures:
I fear, brethren, that too many of us are either not fasting on fast day or we are doing so in a lackadaisical manner. If we are guilty of taking our fast day for granted or simply fasting Sunday morning instead of making it two complete meals—24 hours—we are depriving ourselves and our families of the choice spiritual experiences and blessings that can come from a true fast.
“Lackadaisical”—a recent addition to my vocabulary—is the word for Melanie. I really feel like she’s depriving herself of the real benefits of a fast. It’s too bad, because she has so many other things going for her: great job, great boyfriend, great roommate (j/k). Sometimes I find it funny that she has so many blessings, even though she can take things so lightly. I find obedience to be really a central part of my life, even though I struggle, so I can’t help but feel jealous at times. Mel seems to enjoy many, many great things in life even without following the commandments. I can only imagine how happy she could be if she would just try a little harder to live the Law of the Fast.
Any hints on how I can help Melanie enjoy fasting?