What joy our friends express when the month of fasting is over. They welcome us with smiles and hot sugary tea and when we got to my friend H’s house, a hot meal was provided, accompanied by constant urgings – “Eat! Eat! You haven’t eaten a thing! Eat! Drink!”. It is always a special time to visit and celebrate, to greet the children with a “Barka de salaa” (blessing of peace) and a piece of candy. It is also a chance to share about the Lord’s gift of grace, that requires no fasting or fulfilling of a list of works.