Rose Madrid-Swetman

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February 28, 2012

Lenten Reflection Week 1

Category: All Posts,Lent/Easter,Random Thoughts,Stories of Life – Rose – 3:38 pm

As I continue to reflect on the Lenten journey today I found myself reflecting on Jesus’ forty days in the desert, the wilderness. The Judean wilderness was largely uninhabitable and full of dangers for anyone traveling through let alone staying for forty days. Dangers from the scorching sun by day and the extreme cold at night. Dangers from the wild animals and scorpions, the lack of food and scarcity of water. Today in my reflection on the journey through the wilderness this is what came up for me:
Dangerous animals – right now the most dangerous animal threatening to devour is “cancer.”
Scorpions – the poisonous sting from people’s unkind words, their projections, their unresolved pettiness and lack of relational integrity. One of the most vile scorpion bites – passive agressive behavior
Scorching sun – anxiety surrounding provision for those I care deeply about
Extreme cold – Biting fear, fear of the future, fear of harm to those I love, fear of rivers of sadness as you watch those you love in pain.

The wilderness journey for Israel, Moses, Elijah and Jesus end with renewal, faith, hope and vision. I will hold that posture…justice comes. As my friend David sings, “#LTKC!”


  1. beautiful comfort, when life is full of ‘dangers.’ i try to be god, i try to be in control. yet, he the comforter, is in control of all bringing justice which might not look the way i image it will. it is hard to hold on to that truth with our own children especially in my experience. peace,

    Comment by Melody H Hanson (@melodyhhanson) — February 28, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

  2. Thank you Rose. The most important thing in dealing with pain and fear is to be able to admit that they exist, you are not in control and that God is the solution. The fact that you are willing to be so real with us in this journey you are on is going to help many of us when the journey is our. As always you and your family are in my prayres.

    Comment by Theresa Hanson — February 28, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

  3. Thank you for sharing your journey and heart with us.

    Comment by Courtney — February 28, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

  4. Your post (wonderful) made me think of this video:

    Comment by jake — February 29, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

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