To the Desert Jesus Came

Image from Christ in the Wilderness, 
Ivan Kramskoi (1837–1887)
This hymn for Lent, with a specific verse for Ash Wednesday, was written by Canadian fath singer / song-writer and music-animator Linnea Good (ref).

It was first published in 1992 by Borealis Music (Good's own label), and sheet music is still available for purchase here.  They hymn was also included in Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada, published in 1996 by The United Church Publishing House - still available from their website.

It is set to a tune, also by Good, which has been called TOGETHER THROUGH THE VALLEY. This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of Eb, the first few notes of the melody are C DE G B A G.



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Examples


Small choir with organ, recorded live in a church service:



Small choir with organ, recorded live in a church service:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1 To the desert Jesus came, to wrestle and to seek God's way.

2 In the desert we may find the mystery of who we are ...

3 From the ashes to the hill, we'll travel on our Lenten road ...


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1 To the desert Jesus came,
to wrestle and to seek God's way.
Sun and moon rose high above
to watch him as he'd fast and pray.
Together through the valley,
the tempter led him around.
Together through the valley,
so Jesus answers found.

2 In the desert we may find
the mystery of who we are,
following a faithful God,
so very close and yet so far.
Together through the valley,
we'll gather our dreams in prayer,
together through the valley,
and find God's presence there.

3 From the ashes to the hill,
we'll travel on our Lenten road.
Hand in hand we'll cross this sand,
and share each other's heavy load.
Together through the valley,
we'll watch the changing sky.
Together through the valley,
as Easter's dawn draws nigh.

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