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And The Angels Waited On Him

And The Angels Waited On Him


Reflection for the First Sunday in Lent (February 26, 2012)

How will we see the angels if we don’t go into the wilderness? How will we recognize the help that God sends if we don’t seek out the places beyond what is comfortable to us, if we don’t press into terrain that challenges our habitual perspective? How will we find the delights that God provides even—and especially—in the desert places?

Blessing that Meets You

in the Wilderness

After the

desert stillness.

After the


After the


and days

and weeks

of emptying.

After the


and the


After the


and seeing

and knowing.

Let this blessing be

the first sweetness

that touches

your lips

the bread

that falls into

your arms

the cup

that welcoming hands

press into


Let this blessing be

the road that

returns you.

Let it be

the strength to carry

the wilderness


This reflection, by Jan Richardson, is part of the series “Teach Me Your Paths: A Pilgrimage into Lent.” If you’re new to the series, visit the first post, Teach Me Your Paths: Entering Lent, to pick it up from the beginning.

Image above and on front-page mastheads: “And The Angels Waited On Him,” by Jan Richardson.

Words above by Jan Richardson.


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Catherine Windsor

Things beyond our sight…are brought to closer … the words glow as does the art.

Roxane Chan

so beautiful. Great reminder for lent.

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