A Hymn for the beginning of Lent – Jesus’ temptation
Wild wilderness, pathetic desolation,
as Jesus walked, then rested for the night,
for forty days his strength was tried and tested,
for forty days he sifted wrong and right.
He woke to hunger tangled in his being,
what miracle might turn these stones to bread?
But God within the centre of his spirit
was food enough to keep his body fed.
His faith was such that it could move a mountain
and God could save him from the greatest fall.
But faith like this need not be tried or tested;
the love of God will never slip or stall.
He climbed the mountain, saw the world in splendour,
then thought of ruling all his eyes could see;
yet power like this was not the thing he needed -
devoid of wealth he'd set the people free.
Beyond temptation love would live incarnate,
his human flesh would laugh and cry and weep,
in Christ God's love and grace would not diminish,
dynamic love would never die nor sleep.
Andrew E Pratt (born 1948)
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