Desert Places

A desert landscape was the last thing I expected to see on the west coast of South America. The Andes “catch” the rain clouds inland. On the other side of the mountains is one of the driest landscapes in the world.


My prayer response:

God, I wonder about the arid places in me. Perhaps it is time to accept them. Help me to surrender to their beauty. Help me to inhabit them more fully.


Biblical touchstones:

  • God sustained Jacob in a desert land, in a howling wilderness waste; God shielded him, cared for him, guarded him as the apple of his eye. Deuteronomy 32:10
  •  A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of God, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3
  • Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?” Jesus asked them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Those who had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 15:32-38


Invitation to prayer:
What prayers are emerging from your heart, mind, and body?
Pray them now.


Sand dune rising over 2,500 feet in the middle of Iquique, Chile
Sand dune rising over 2,500 feet in the middle of Iquique, Chile


Photos: The mountains above the port of Iquique, Chile and the giant sand dune in the middle of the city

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