Sunday, March 01, 2009

Into the desert

Walk with me, will you?

Because we will feel alone, you and I. We will feel like we are standing at the base of Mount Sinai in the Judean hills, with nothing, not a living thing, for miles.

We will forget that Jesus is walking with us. When we feel exposed and naked in the glare of the desert light, when we cannot find a place to hide, we will feel utterly and completely alone.

But we won't be, will we? We will be struggling in the desert with Jesus by our side. We need not wrestle with demons alone.

Take your time. The angels will wait. They will be there when we are finished and welcome us back into the world, to our ministries.

Walk with me, will you?

We need not do this alone.

3 comments:

Singing Owl said...

Walking with you, and Jesus...

Shift Worker said...

Maybe your love of Lent will one day rub off on me, but I am over it already.(Did I mention I edited the church's Lenten devotional starting in January?!) Bring me Easter already!

Rachel Nguyen said...

Hey Singing Owl,

Great to have you along for the ride!

Shift Worker: This year Lent has been much harder than in the past. Perhaps it is because I started it with a confession. It has never been quite so painful to look under the rocks before. It took days to get over it.

But for me, there remains something so exquisite about the cycles of the church year. I love that God has given us a time of introspection, and, yes, penitence.

It comforts me to know that I don't have to be 'on' all the time.

And it is lovely to know we all walk this path together....