This week, Ericka Graham takes us further into the desert during Lent. In the desert, we face demons, temptations, vices and evil. And just as the Tempter left Jesus for another opportune time, we have the chance to face our temptations again and be stronger for it.
“Jesus was an extremist for love, truth, and goodness.”
– Martin Luther King
“Kathleen Norris reminds us, the Greek root of the word crisis is ‘to sift’, as in, to shake out the excesses and leave only what's important. That's what crises do. They shake things up until we are forced to hold on to only what matters most. The rest falls away.”
– Glennon Doyle Melton
Reflection & Practice
As you consider the reality of evil in the world, how does it make you feel to know that Jesus did not make evil spirits vanish, but instead cast them out?
Who is in your life that you can be honest with, and confess your temptations, struggles and vices to? Who can help you face those vices stronger than you have in the past?
What practices help you slow down enough to hear and know the voice and presence of God?
Before The Throne Of God Above
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Slow Me Down
Send Out Your Light (Psalm 43)