Texts: Genesis 2:7-9; 15-17; 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11
The wilderness is a real place in the physical landscape, and a reality of the soul.
If you’ve ever visited a place considered wilderness, you most likely have some distinct memory of that place: The towering trees of an old growth forest; the long expanses of sands in a desert; the almost unfathomable layers of geological history in the faces of rock formations. The wilderness has a way of confronting the human ego and putting our small lives in perspective. The wilderness is so different than our human shaped environment. The wilderness is wild. The wilderness can be dangerous.
If you have ever been in a wilderness of the soul, it too has no doubt left its mark. A wilderness time of life can be highly disorienting. One can feel overwhelmed by the immensity of what one does not comprehend and cannot control. One might not feel safe or secure and certainly not savvy for finding the way through. This kind of wilderness may be a place you have been before. You may be in the wilderness right now.
Experiences of wilderness are woven throughout scripture, and Lent is intentionally structured...