March 9th – First Sunday of Lent

Facing Our Issues

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.”  (Matthew 4:1)

Sooner or later the Spirit will lead us into unfamiliar and uncomfortable desert places that we would rather not visit. However, the good news is this is the place where we stop shaking our fingers at others and face the accumulated junk that resides in our own hearts. It is a holy place where we learn about humility, forgiveness and, most of all, compassion.

I remember talking to a very prayerful elderly woman about her desert experience. In her early 60s, her husband was transferred half way across the country, away from family and friends. She said it was a very lonely and miserable experience, but with all that extra time she began to reflect on some of her negative attitudes and rigid beliefs. By the time she returned to her hometown a few years later, she was a changed person. She let go of her judgments and expectations of others and spent her remaining years reaching out to the hurting and lonely.

by Terri Mifek

Read: Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7, Psalm 51:6,12-14, 17, Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11

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