It was his choice to remain faithful to the sacred. He kept telling the tempter ... again and again how he would remain faithful to what he believed and so then the tempter backed away to await a more opportune time. The temptations don't go away they simply fade sometimes until we get comfortable only to come at us yet another way.
One of the temptations Brian struggled with was the desire to run away from life. He was a truck driver and this was conducive to his need to be "on the road" and not have to face day to day decisions. He was a ramlin' man and lived his life restless. That is why this painting by his first born gives me hope that Shannon sees there is room for communal love between spirits. This beautiful painting represents closeness and the need we have to be in communion with others. Thank you Shannon! You have had your own challenges but I know you will be fine. As you are tempted to give up, throw in the towel, call it a day you can look at your own work and find hope.
Today is Lent 1 a time of 40 days when we read that Jesus was tempted. He didn't give in ... don't you give in either. No matter what faces you down in life there is always hope and tomorrow the sun will rise once again and when you are in communion (connected) in spirit with hope, love, joy and peace the divine is with you guiding you along. Place your trust here in this place. Blessings!