Originally posted on TheWildGooseisLoose.com

“[Jesus] was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.” Luke 4:1

On the day Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit anointed him. Immediately after this event the Holy Spirit led Jesus to the desert. The desert was a place of isolation, death and defeat but Jesus was led to the desert so that it may be forever changed. So that it may be a place of grace. The Spirit led Jesus to the desert and also protected and cared for him while he was there. The desert is a part of every Christian’s life but it does not have to be a place of despair or isolation. The Holy Spirit is present to life’s deserts and when we experience his presence it changes our spiritual life. The desert is no longer a place to be feared but can be a profound encounter with Jesus.

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Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR
Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, is well known to youth conference attendees from San Diego to Nova Scotia. An internationally popular speaker, he spends much of his time helping others come to know God’s love for them through his dynamic preaching, writing, CDs, and other spiritual outreaches. Father Dave’s books include Spiritual Freedom: God’s Life Changing Gift, Hiking the Camino: 500 Miles with Jesus, and the forthcoming Encounter Jesus: Discovery to Discipleship. He held several ministry positions at Franciscan University and also served as the director of Seminary Formation for his Franciscan community in Washington, D.C. Father Dave is presently the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic and preaching outreach of the TORs.