Saturday, April 30, 2005


For forty days he wandered... no food... no drink. Any other person would have been crushed by the forces of nature that the desert brought- exhausting heat by day, wind storms and cruel cold at night. And if nature didn't bring you down- the absense of water and food would.

But by grace he withstood the elements- physical, and spiritual... but he hadn't even seen the worst of it yet.

He aw0ke early. Something was stirring in the cool morning's sunlit breeze. It took him half an hour to open his eyes. Movement had become slow by now, he was barely able to function. But once his eyes opened he began to focus on what seemed like a very large reptile slithering slowly toward him. Exhausted he thought he was halucinating. It wouldn't be the first time in the 42 days that he'd been in the desert.

Little did he know that the easy part was behind him and the hardest temptations lay ahead of him- looking into his eyes- temptation slithered closer and closer to him..... all the while the sun went from cool and comforting to hot and unbearable....


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