Lenten Formation Daily Reflection 4

Therefore, I will now allure her,
    and bring her into the wilderness,
    and speak tenderly to her. –Hosea 2:14, NRSV

Exploring the deep places of our soul is not an “ordinary time” practice. Wilderness explorations are extraordinary. They cause us to look authentically at our deepest soul places and our tendencies toward resistance. Practices of sacred restraint help us focus on what matters most; to what and whom we offer our sacred “no,” as well as our sacred and joyful “Yes!” Lenten disciplines reinforce our need for life-rhythms that reflect the joy, love, peace, sorrow, and stubborn hope embodied in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. –Janné Grover, Lenten Formation 


  • How are you invited into the wilderness to tend your “deepest soul places?”
  • What tendencies toward resistance do you become aware of when you enter desert places within?
  • Prayerfully dwell in the text from Hosea 2:14. What does God desire to say to you in the wilderness? Take some time this week to draw apart and listen deeply.

2 Replies to “Lenten Formation Daily Reflection 4”

  1. I love the idea that the Beloved is alluring, or wooing us into this vulnerable place of breaking down all our old habits and beliefs and the protective armouring we wear around our hearts. Perhaps only then can we hear the Beloveds’ sweet and tender whisper. Then like Rumi we can say “Love has taken away all my practices and filled me with poetry”. To this I say my sacred “yes”!

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