April 15, 2020
“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16
Solitude, the practice of purposefully abstaining from interaction with other human beings and denying ourselves companionship, was an important practice for Jesus. Today, we call this social distancing.
We might go to the desert, the wilderness, anywhere away from the urban crowds. Within our own homes, we retreat to our own private quarters, walk around the block, lounge alone in the backyard, unplugged and away from distractions. Nature alone can contribute to our spiritual well-being. However, it is solitude that frees us. We become free from the “normal” day-to-day human interactions and patterns of our world that are set against God. Solitude creates space for the integration of our thoughts, feelings and actions into God’s proper order.
Solitude is an opportunity to disconnect in order to connect with God.
May you discover a valuable connection you have available during this time of social distancing.
Pastor Chris Tansey