The fasting is not to gain something from God, but to give something of God.
40 Days of fasting from a meal— and giving from what was saved in that fasting, so that others can eat.
40 Days of living out the thanks of my love — in letters of thanks to people in my life, in small acts of thanks that God can multiply, in giving out of our great thanksgiving. The thanks for unmerited love that overflows into unlimited love.
We may all want anywhere other than suffering and ashes. But this is a dust-crushed world and Christ didn’t avoid it but chose to come to it. Why do we embrace dust and ashes? Because it’s out of dust and ashes, God grows the impossible.
Because God exchanges dust and ashes for beauty and miracles and He cares so much that He doesn’t care that it’s not fair.
Because God raises whole people out of ashes and He writes mysterious grace in dust, and with Him, dust and spit and muddied things can still help us see.
Because though you are dust and will return to dust, though everything you know may be burnt to ashes, memory scattered to the wind — there is a God who can re-collect you, remake you, resurrect you and revive you with eternity.