The Grace of Solitude

“Fellowship with Christ is a table only for two — set in the wilderness. Inwardness is not a gaudy party, but the meeting of lovers in the lonely desert of the human heart. There, where all life and fellowship can hold no more than two, we sit together and he speaks as much as we, and even when both of us say nothing there is our welded oneness. And suddenly we see we cannot be complete until his perfect presence joins with ours.”

Calvin Miller

“The priest looked at her sharply. ‘You can offer idleness to God,’ he said. ‘Unemployment, idleness, whatever. To do nothing in someone’s presence is a greater compliment than being busy and preoccupied.’”

Gail Morgan

“To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude. This requires not only courage but also a strong faith. As hard as it is to believe that the dry desolate desert can yield endless varieties of flowers, it is equally hard to imagine that our loneliness is hiding unknown beauty. The movement from loneliness to solitude, however, is the beginning of any spiritual life because it is the movement from the restless sense to the restful spirit, from the outward-reaching cravings to the inward-reaching search, from the fearful clinging to the fearless play.” 

Henri Nouwen

“Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.”
Psalm 25:16

Bill, many thanks for this.

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This is the invitation, a place at the table, welcome, home. Here is relationship. God is good in my aloneness – and turns it into solitude. By grace we are saved…

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One Response to The Grace of Solitude

  1. debiriley says:

    “to do nothing in someone’s presence is a greater compliment than being busy and preoccupied.” insightful words to Remember to engage in. Thank You for sharing this. 🙂

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