“Let him who cannot be alone beware of community… Let him who is not in community beware of being alone… Each by itself has profound perils and pitfalls. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and the one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abbey of vanity, self-infatuation, and despair.”  ― Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community

solitude

I read this morning that for those who recognize the great need of silence and solitude, opportunities abound even in the press of a city. The author suggested standing still.

Stand still, and allow the strange, deadly restlessness of our tragic age fall away like a worn-out, dusty cloak that is is.” Where once the restlessness was viewed as a magic carpet to the future, in reality we are beginning to see it for what it really is–a flight from self… and God.

Stand still; look deep into the motivations of your life…

Stand still, asking the Spirit to clear the cobwebs of fears, selfishness, greed, narrow-heartedness, anger, resentment, and the like away from your soul.