To think of deserts, as I do, as limitless piles of golden sand, is to miss the complex subtlety of what deserts really are.

My prayer

May I look, really look, at what is right in front of me. May I see what is real.

Biblical touchstones

  • Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. Jesus, John 4:35
  • As Jesus came near and saw the city, Jesus wept over it, saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.” Luke 19:41-44
  • I searched with my mind how to cheer my body with wine—my mind still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on folly, until I might see what was good for mortals to do under heaven during the few days of their life. Ecclesiastes 2:3

Invitation to prayer

What prayers are emerging in  your heart, mind, body and imagination?
Pray them now.

Desert sand, rock and red dunes in the Ica Region near Paracas, Peru



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