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.

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

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