I was struck by that line, "By the Spirit."
For several years I've felt like I was in the wilderness and need to remember that I was "sent by the Spirit" into this wilderness.
On the pilgrimage of life, there are periods that are long stretches of desert.
But I have hope tonight because the desert is a place of re-learning, again, once more, what it is to be a follower of the Pilgrim God.
Ah! the good news, of course, is that Jesus is surrounded by angels and the wild beasts, created by none other than God!