I fast because I seek community, not division. Faith, not cynicism. Courage, not fear. Inner strength, not outer riches.
Though it is not Ramadan and I am not Muslim, I fast in solidarity with my fellow Americans who are Muslim, and with Muslims around the world. I fast to gather spiritual strength to fight whatever policies or practices by the new administration might endanger Muslim citizens' human and civil rights.
I fast to have greater empathy for those suffering from want, especially those driven from their homes.
I fast for clarity of mind and concentration of purpose in the bitter contests ahead.
I fast for calmness of spirit, and the capacity to accept that many fellow Americans - including many members of my family - are happy about this inauguration. They are good people, and I need the patience to understand the grievances that led us here.
I fast to mark this historic and precarious time in the life of our nation.
I fast in solemn prayer that the forces of justice, tolerance, humility, wisdom, forbearance, and love prevail.
I fast in the hope and faith that our democracy will pull through this alive, and stronger for it.