Loneliness and Solitude

  • Dec. 31, 2011
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Every night I try to have an hour of quiet in my bedroom before Ken comes to bed...

I'm Joni Eareckson Tada. Every night I try to have an hour of quiet in my bedroom before Ken comes to bed. No phones. No TV. After a hard day at work; so many things going on, racing through the day, Ilove the solitude in the evening. Someone once said that loneliness is the pain of being alone, but solitude is the glory of being alone. Isn't that true? Even God Himself needed to be alone once in awhile. Jesus carved out early hours in the morning to get away from His disciples and enjoy the seclusion with His Father. He withdrew from times of hardship to be by Himself on the mountaintop. Maybe for you loneliness is the pain of being alone. You don't know what to do with yourself when no one's around. It doesn't take much to change it into a glorious time of solitude. Carve out those precious, quiet, long minutes with Him. Because in the quiet, we hear the still voice of God. 

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