We live in a time permeated by anxious consumerism, chronic dissatisfaction and a feeling of divisiveness lingering just underneath the surface of life. I emerge from the green respite of ordinary times and find myself on the edge of the desert. God’s invitation to the Lenten Season has brought me here. My heart and mind wonder what spiritual gifts I might glean from this passage into a wilderness where I am free to walk empty-handed and silent with you and with God toward Golgotha and the mystery of an empty tomb. I scan this naked and barren milieu seemingly devoid of life and treasure. With all my senses awakened, the Spirit calls me forward. And so, in faith, I take the first step. Will you journey with me?