In the morning, long before dawn, He got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Mark 1:35
Jesus practiced the discipline of solitude. Jesus’ ministry sprung from that lonely place where he went to pray, early in the morning, long before dawn.
In the center of breathless activities we hear:
- restful breathing
- quiet stillness
In solitude we get rid of the scaffolding: no friends to talk with, no telephone calls to make, no texting, twittering, facebooking, no meetings, no music to entertain, no books to distract. We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with him and him alone. When Henri Nouwen asked Mother Teresa of Calcutta for a word of wisdom, she told Nouwen, “spend an hour a day in solitude with the Lord and never do anything you know is wrong and you will be all right.”
Camelback Mountain is my lonely place. Where is your lonely place?