Friday, May 9, 2014

Led by the Spirit

 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,   but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,  “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and  “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”   Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. Matthew 4:1-11

Led to a gap in the trees
a quiet contemplative place
where spirit and light hover
together drawing us in.

Shelter from wind and storm
listening to my beating heart
fear and doubt came visiting
torturing my soul.

They danced about and teased
showing pictures of failure
reciting and taunting weakness
tears choked the silence.

About to give up and run
in the silence love broke through
not violent or terrorist
the sweet face smiled.

Like pollen in the wind
love carried the fear away
love beckoned me outside
brought me back to the world.

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