Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tempted and Tried

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.’”
And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to guard you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. Luke 4:1-13

Tempted and Tried

The day is our last on this island
tomorrow we will sail across a continent
and find a new cooler island home.

Looking back with ache and regret
wishing there was more time to linger
more tender moments and sweet sunsets.

We are tempted to remember fondly
and to look ahead with fear and trembling
worrying and not trusting God.

The devil in the details despairs us
so much to do and little time
we wish for magic to whisk away the overload.

God is in the wind and rain
the storms that rattle our bones as we move
and holds us in the darkest night 'til all
the trembling is in the past.

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