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Pastor’s Note – March 2016

Pastor John Adel UMC

I have been fascinated by the amount of ink the Bible gives to wildernesses and deserts. Hagar, Moses and Elijah go to the wilderness and find God.

Moses was walking in the wilderness when he came upon a bush that was burning but not consumed.

The children of Israel had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years before entering the Promised Land.

John the Baptist went into the wilderness to preach, and the crowds followed him there. When Jesus was tempted, he had gone into the wilderness for 40 days. Jesus and the disciples fed the 5,000 in the wilderness. The wilderness is prominent in the Bible.

The wilderness is silence and quiet. It is the elimination of the sounds of television, the radio, the iPod, the cell phone and the flash of the internet. The voices of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends are silenced. It stops the racing tape of your own mind that absorbs your thoughts.

The wilderness is quiet. It is utter stillness. It is for a moment, for a minute, for a month, being still …and listening. God speaks in the wilderness of silence. The city is so noisy; so busy; so crowded. The wilderness is silence and God speaks to us through the silence.

In the wilderness, God invites you to be cleansed of the pollution of resentment, anger, fear, and vengeance. Be washed of whatever is hurting your life and the lives of those around you.

Hear the voice that says, “Your sins are forgiven; go and sin no more.”

Hear the voice that says, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Hear the voice that says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all that is in you, all your heart, all your mind, all your soul and all your strength…and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

Come on out to the wilderness. Just for a few minutes or for an hour. For a day or a week or a month.

The wilderness is a place of growth and healing. In the quietness of the wilderness you may hear the voice of God.

Pastor John

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