Temptations

         
         Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness
         to be tempted by the devil.

                  —Matthew 4.1

The devil’s not some red-suit guy
trying to trick me into doing evil.
I seem to do that quite well on my own.

No, these are the real temptations
of being human,
the things that lead me away from you, God:
the longing for power, security and belonging
elsewhere.

I confess these to you, God,
not to prove how bad I am,
but to see more clearly
how this works in me,
how my appetites can carry me away
from you.

I go into the wilderness
to expose my hungers,
to confront my distrust,
to renew my absolute dependence on you.

I won’t banish my temptations,
but welcome them, name them,
and let them become my path to you.

Beneath all that I want,
beyond all that I think I need,
is you.
I walk this desert journey
that you might transform my desires.

In this desert, God,
help me come to desire
nothing
but you.

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Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light
www.unfoldinglight.net

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