How to Be Alone
Scripture: Psalm 119: 1-14, 23-24 (NRSV)
During this season of shelter we are alone a lot more often. Thankfully our faith can teach us about how to be alone in a redemptive way that will grow our souls, build our character, and make us better when we’re together with others. Jesus—before starting his ministry, spent 40 days by himself in the wilderness alone. Before making important decisions in his ministry, the Scriptures say that Jesus often “went off to a lonely place and prayed there.”
The Apostle Paul, after his Damascus Road Experience, rather mysteriously went to Arabia for three years of solitude before he began his ministry to the gentiles. Seasons of solitude are crucial for building Christian character and maturity. Let’s not waste this opportunity. Instead, let’s reframe this season of shelter and quarantine, into opportunities to practice the spiritual discipline of solitude. Let’s learn together how to be alone.
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