Evening: Psalm 36, 39; John 1:19-28
‘Wilderness experiences’ can bring us to wisdom. In wilderness, we suffer and come face to face with ourselves, in all our vulnerability and weakness. In wilderness, we learn it is better to accept our plight than to pretend we do not need help; for we learn that everyone suffers, everyone struggles. In the wilderness, John pointed to Jesus as the help we need: Jesus endured suffering on our behalf, to show us a way of compassion. Com-passion means ‘suffering with’. We ourselves may at times suffer with others and in that way we offer God’s compassionate help in the world.