In Solitude, In Activity
Written from the perspective…of the author of our study guide……
Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our lives are in danger. Somewhere we know that without silence words loose their meaning, that without listening, speaking no longer heals, without distance closeness cannot cure. Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our actions quickly become empty ventures. The careful balance between silence and words, withdrawal and involvement, distance and closeness, solitude and community forms the entire basis of the Christian life, and should therefore be the subjects of our most personal attention. Let us therefore look somewhat closer, first at our life in action, and at our life in solitude.
Preaching and Praying
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues, and casting out demons.
MY Lord teach me to taste solitude so that I might find in my own heart, the holy place where you live. And when I’m there….tell you how I am truly feeling. Create in me an understanding of when I am to act in response to your “call” to me.
The lighting of our “peace”candle….day 3