We ready our hearts,
In the desert we swirl from dust to dust,
upon the mountain top as the sun kisses our face;
marking it like a lover.
How to look into the sun’s radiance?
God whispers on the winds of our heart’s longing to be purified, loved, whole.
The desert upon first glance is void of life and vibrancy,
but within deeper prayer the life that lives in the forsaken land is revealed.
Colors become vibrant.
What lives within each of us dying of thirst,
waiting that rare desert rain that hits hard red earth and is readily absorbed?
An invitation for our hearts forty days in the wild desert to become supple and strong, swift and tamed by love.