The story of Jesus in the wilderness, led there by the Spirit, makes the point that he would not fully live into his Messianic calling until he confronted temptation and evil, both within the human spirit and in the larger world.

Jesus went there to wrestle with the dark side of life, as we do, and to define his way forward in God’s service.

It is during the Lenten journey that we’re invited by the Spirit to join Jesus in the wilderness and confront our own dark side. It is a season for searching questions, self-examination, and restoration, to draw on the gifts of God’s mercy and grace.

I invite you to avail yourselves of the liturgical and formational offerings of Bethesda, taking advantage of the communal avenues of giving, study, worship, and service this Lent.

Bob Dannals
Interim Rector