Lord, during these forty days of Lent, let us walk beside you in the desert. When we are tempted, let us respond as you did, fully knowing your hunger, fear and loneliness, accepting your human frailties, but refusing to let them move you from your path. Give us the strength to look into our own hearts, and observe our selfishness, anger, lust and greed. Then, let us choose to master our weaknesses -- not to ignore them, nor to dress them up as virtues, and never to project them onto others. Let us see ourselves as God see us -- foolish, fallible and flawed -- but also salvagable, redeemable and lovable. May we come to the end of this walk together more temperate, loving and forgiving -- of ourselves, and of our fellow walkers in the sand. Amen.