Desert Diaries 2

Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’ And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Take some time to picture the scene; put yourself in the crowd at the water’s edge and observe from there; note the atmosphere, the mood of the people. Watch the expression on Jesus’ face as he hears the Father’s voice.
Follow in his footsteps as he heads off into the wilderness; the vast empty landscape. Look at the sky, the horizon. Feel the essential aloneness.

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Beginnings and Endings

Abba, God, my Father, I gaze around as I walk and see the trees you made are wearing their late Summer green. A different green from Spring. You made so many greens.

This green reminds me that times are changing. Fruit is ripening. Nature preparing for the long night as Summer draws to a close.

Yet all around me people are preparing for a new start. A new term, a new class, school or college.

Beginnings and endings intrinsically interwoven; the very fabric of life.

Lord, the Beginning of all beginnings and End of all ends. You encompass all of life. Grant us now that awareness of your presence that inspires confidence to meet whatever the changing season brings our way.