Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         Jesus was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,
         where for forty days he was tempted.

                  —Luke 4.1-2

A place of harshness
and subtraction.
Shadows splinter and deceive.

How sweet, then,
in this unyielding place,
to possess, control,
never to hunger or hurt or fail,
perfect undepence.

He had to admire them first,
not some devil’s trick
but secret loves,
had to see them stark
against the heat’s pavement,
cherish them, so fetching
among stones, places of skulls,
hold them in his hands, so lovely,
pinned by the nails of the sun,

had to feel the clutching,
had to know how alluring the gems,
singular, untouched, untrue,
and want them badly,
to leave them to the dust
for something even better.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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