In an increasingly distracted and noisy world, we need solitude more than ever. The practice of solitude mimics Jesus’ rhythm of retreat and return: retreat from people and distractions to be with God, in order to return to community in love and service.
You see solitude all over the life of Jesus. As the Gospel writer Luke put it, “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
And yet: In the digital age, it is now possible to go your entire life without ever being truly alone with God. Our devices keep us tethered to the world of noise and regularly drown out the voice of God in our heart. We are starved for solitude, living through a global famine of quiet; noise refugees, seeking a new home where we can find rest in God.
Solitude is not an easy path, but it is the ancient path — the Jesus path — to a strong, deep, joyful, vibrant life with God.
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Looking for some extra reading on Solitude?
Ruth Haley Barton's Invitation to Solitude and Silence is a rich, yet very accessible introduction to the practice.