Welcome to the Desert

 We live in the deserts...


Mystics veiled in misunderstanding...


Cursed by the world and plagued by demons...


Accused of retreating and accused of unrestrained optimism...


Believing in the goodness of God to protect us in all circumstances.


We go without food and sleep, comforts and pleasure...


Making our home in the wilderness of hardships...


And yet our God stands above all...


Greater than a multitude of demons...


Making the most severe of tests seem like a light affliction.


We're the ascetics, beating our bodies into submission...


Living isolated and alienated...


In constant distress, yet filled with peace and joy...


Willingly bearing our cross in meekness and patience...


All for the privilege of being worthy to suffer for the Lord Jesus Christ.


We are mystics to this world...


Having forsaken everything to follow Him...


Alone in the wilderness, and yet never alone...


For He meets us in a parched and wary land...


Welcoming us to the abundant life of the desert.


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