“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
Isaiah 58:6-10 NIV
I was struck this morning by how much is in these verses: there's sacrifice in serving the poor and oppressed; when we serve the poor and oppressed God is glorified (light shining from the darkness); and when we're trying to put off sinful behaviors such as malicious talk, we should put on serving others (a different angle to serving that I haven't thought of before). What stands out to you?