An Advent meditation and prayer
John, son of Zechariah, came out of the wilderness to proclaim the advent of the Messiah. Jesus, the Messiah, entered the wilderness to wrestle with Satan to forswear his calling, to be other than the self-sacrificing Love of God incarnate.
O Lord Jesus, by your Spirit, teach me and teach me again (for too soon I forget) that you are present not only at times and in places of favor, but also and especially in the desolate spaces of life where darkness looms, where temptation thrives, where want and need are constant cries, and fear is slow to die. Teach me, O Lord Jesus, and teach me again to wait in trust for you, for you, never forsaking me, are there. Amen.
© 2022 PRA
Illustration: Christ in the Wilderness (1872), Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi (1837-1887)
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