For some of us Father this day is important to us because we intentionally take time to let go of something and seek to embrace You in a re-freshing way.
For others of us we look at this as just another day and the “religious” significance is lost on us or, quite frankly, we don’t care about it at all.
And yet Lord, You walked in the desert, alone, without visible support for 40 days.
We know what happened at the end of those forty days – intense and focused temptations from the Evil One, the same basic temptations we face daily, and, when we are honest about it, give into daily –
The temptation to be powerful, to be famous, to be influential, to be…………….. Number One!
But what we don’t know is what happened before then… in the desert… what sustained You? Who sustained You?
Much remains a mystery but we know that in the Garden, that we shall come to again in a few weeks, You faced the biggest temptation of all –
the temptation to disobey and do Your thing
and yet in the midst of that time you prayed “Your will not Mine be done.”
We are reentering our deserts during this season and we have no idea what we are facing
and if we are honest, no idea what we are doing…
We give up things – chocolate, coffee, snarkiness with an anxiety that pales in comparison to what You gave up for us.
But our desert paths take us through our homes, places of work, houses of worship, our schools, and our community
we walk them alone and yet, yet
we don’t walk them alone
So as we begin this season of reflection
we need you to walk with us
because we need to let go of something
maybe coffee because it makes us too jittery and anxious
maybe chocolate because it keeps the pounds on and our health is in jeapordy
maybe snarkiness because we are losing friends and family because of it
but maybe we need to let go of ourselves
into Your arms again
and let you take us through the desert and out the other side to a new place
a new time
a new us
redeemed, cleansed, and sanctified by You
and for You…