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Tzvi Freeman, Book of Exodus, Sarah Young, Book of Mark, Thomas Merton, Gregory Norbet
The Bible often refers to trials as lasting for 40 days and
40 nights, as when Jesus was in the desert, facing the
devil's tempatations; or the 40 years during which the
Israelites wandered through the desert. The number 40
in the Bible symbolizes a protracted amount of time, not
actual dates on the calendar but don't our wanderings
when we feel isolated and without physical or spiritual
comforts seem like they last a long time?
But notice that we are never left to wander alone. The
Lord gave the Israelites manna to sustain them and
Jesus was ministered to by angels. Forty days or even
forty years in the "desert" is a time to savor relying
on Him even more. Our personal desert provides the
quiet to hear the voice of the Divine One in our heart.
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In the evening quail came up and covered
the camp. In the morning a dew lay all about
the camp, and when the dew evaporated, there
on the surface of the desert were fine flakes like
hoarfrost on the ground. On seeing it, the Israelites
asked one another, "What is this?" for they did not
know what it was. But Moses told them, "This is
the bread which the Lord has given you to eat."
The Israelites ate this manna for forty years, until
they came to settled land; they ate manna until
they reached the borders of Canaan.
Exodus 16:13-15, 35
New American Bible
Your place is the wilderness.
The bread you eat falls from heaven.
The basket you collect it in is your attitude.
Clutch your basket tight,
and your manna will have no place to rest.
Open it up and look to the heavens,
and your basket will always be full.
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
Based on the teachings of the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
You are on the right path. Listen more to Me and less
to your doubts. I am leading you along the way I
uniquely designed for you. Therefore, it is a lonely
way, humanly speaking. But I go before you as
well as alongside you, so you are never alone.
Excerpted from "Jesus Calling,"
by Sarah Young
Integrity Publishers, 2004
And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from
Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the
heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending
upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying,
"Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
And he was there in the wilderness forty days,
tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts;
and the angels ministered unto him.
King James Version
All truly contemplative souls have this in
common: not that they gather exclusively
in the desert, or that they shut themselves
up in reclusion, but that where He is, there
they are. And how do they find Him? By technique?
There is no technique for finding Him. They find
Him by His will. And His will, bringing them grace
within and arranging their lives exteriorly,
carries them infallibly to the precise
place in which they can find Him...
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Excerpted from "Thoughts in Solitude"
The Last Word:
The wilderness will lead you to
your heart where I will speak.
From the hymn "Hosea,"
Text by Gregory Norbet, OSB
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
Even if you're on the right track,
you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers (1879-1935)
American humorist and social commentator
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