These days I feel like I am living in the wilderness. … And yet the wilderness is a familiar, if uncomfortable, place for those of us who follow the Holy One. The people of Israel wandered for forty years in the wilderness before finding the Promised Land. Jesus was baptized and was driven into the wilderness for forty days. [The] Lenten season is our forty days in the wilderness. Days in which we are called to self-examination, repentance, and returning to the heart of God.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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He [Jesus] was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
—Mark 1:13 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, help me walk through the wilderness of these days remembering who I am and whose I am. Amen.
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