I found the following ideas for Ramadan in a blog of a Christian anthropology student doing field research in Jordan:
But Ramadan is a month in which people are supposed to focus on God and grow in closeness to Him and in obedience and submission to Him. Although it is frequently a month of inflation, food hoarding, and half-assed work days, Ramadan could be a good thing for me to thing [sic] about. I have decided to try out some aspects of the ideals driving the altered lifestyles of this month. This is what I am going to do:
1. Fast – from sun up to sun down, I will fast when I am not in Belgium, Egypt, traveling with Jaime, or in China. I think this means I will be fasting for about a week.
2. Remember the difficulties of the poor – … I realized that I need to consider again the kind of lives that poor people live. It’s hard being poor. And I have been relatively poor for a long time. But to be in absolute poverty is another thing altogether. To be hungry, constantly in want of nourishment and hydration is a feeling that I haven’t had in a long time (since Peace Corps). I need to remember this. And I need to be able to associate with poor people a bit more effectively and immediately than I have been able to do recently.
3. Give to charity – I’ve commited to donating a box of food to a Palestinian Refugee Family every month for the next year. It’s not a lot. But it’s something.
4. Read the Quran – It’s good for my Arabic and a regular part of Ramadan for people around here.
5. Be mindful of my speech, my character, my reactions and strive to curb those undesirable aspects. I will try to enage in a path of self-improvement over the next month. Sometimes, I admit that I kinda suck. I kinda like to gossip. I have road rage sometimes. I am flaky. After this summer of suckage and “the long hard look in the mirror,” I feel quite confident that I can be a better person.
I liked her ideas and they made me think. So far I have not come up with anything similar that I plan to do differently, because fasting once a week and meeting for prayer (on Friday) is something we as a team do fairly often. I am thinking about maybe somewhere along the lines of asking the Lord to show me each day someone I can be a blessing to.
What will you do?