Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fasting For Darfur, Day 3.

Final Day:May 13th, 2009 (written May 14, 2009)

I woke up and only made it about 10 minutes before I knew I couldn't do it any longer. I only had 13 more hours to go, but I also knew I might have to work that day. I felt so weak it was difficult to even lift my hands above my head. I knew that I would have to do that while stocking things at work. As much as I wanted to keep going, I felt God tell me that I needed to eat something. So I asked my mom to go get me some Gatorade and a banana. I ended up having one more banana on the way to her work. At that point, I was done. I think 59 hours was pretty impressive though. I was surprised I had made it that far. It really does sadden me though to know that the people in Darfur, when they feel the way that I did that morning, had no option sometimes but to keep on starving. You know, over the days I would carry around these cards that Compassion sent me about children and the poor to help me remember why I was doing this. To help me remember that I was doing this for God and all the mothers, children, and families in Darfur who have to go through this every day. I will close with all of those verses.

But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. - Luke 14:13

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
- 1 Corinthians 13:3

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
- James 1:27

Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? - James 2:5

"He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" declares the Lord. - Jeremiah 22:16

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8

See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. - Matthew 18:10

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 28:19

He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. - Proverbs 14:31

He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done. - Proverbs 19:17

He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses. - Proverbs 28:27

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. - Proverbs 29:7

For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own... At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality. - 2 Corinthians 8:3, 14

They also will answer, "Lord when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?" He will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. - Matthew 25:44-46

Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? - James 2:15-16

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. - 1 John 3:17-18

All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. - Galatians 2:10

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. - 1 Timothy 6:17-18

Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me. - Mark 9:37

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." - Mark 10:14

If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered. - Proverbs 21:13

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. - Proverbs 22:6

Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the Lord delivers him in times of trouble. - Psalm 41:1

I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. - Psalm 140:12

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward. - Matthew 10:42

And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. - Matthew 18:5

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak fairly and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. - Proverbs 31:8-9

Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. - Isaiah 1:17

God bless all of you who read this and prayed for me and Darfur throughout the days. Remember you can still do this fast anytime for any amount of days you'd like. Just go to www.fastdarfur.org to learn more.

-B. <3

4 comments:

Gretel said...

Brittany! I am *so* proud of you; really, I can't imagine doing something so selfless, just to better understand what others are going through. Your faith is really inspirational, and I think I'll try to do the same one day soon.

<3 Gretel

Brittnizzle. said...

Awww thanks Gretel! I miss you so much!!
It was a very daunting and eye-opening task. While it was difficult, I'm glad I did it. I'm glad to hear my faith is inspirational! I'm here to talk to you about it anytime you like. :)
You still have my number right? Call me sometime. I miss hearing from you.

<3 Brittany

shelbs said...

Came across this while browsing blogs. This is reall awesome. Thanks for sharing this!

Kim Donnan said...

brittany, you have inspired me today. Bless you!!