At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. Mark 1:12-13 “Belonging so fully to yourself that you're willing to stand alone is a wilderness -- an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. The wilderness can often feel unholy because we can't control it, or what people think about our choice of whether to venture into that vastness or not. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.” ― Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone What if the wilderness we are joining Jesus in this Lent was this place of true belonging? A place where we face the temptations to live for others’ approval, or affection, or power; a place that we say something matters more than these, and we live into our truest, most fully “us” self, right alongside Jesus? How does this kind of wilderness require courage and trust? What might be possible there (here)?

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2022-03-11 14:50:27 UTC