Archive for June 19, 2007

Tuesdays – In “other” Words   11 comments

 

Tuesdays In “other” Words is hosted this week by Christine at Fruit in Season.  Christine has chosen the following quote:

As Christians, we are called to convert our loneliness into solitude. We are called to experience our aloneness not as a wound but as a gift–as God’s gift–so that in our aloneness we might discover how deeply we are loved by God.

~ Henri Nouwen ~

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Struck by the portion of the first sentence of this quote that said “convert our loneliness into solitude”,  I looked up the meaning of the word alone.  The definition that caught my eye was – without aid or help.  That was the answer to this quote for me.

There are times when the only person who can help us is God.  The only help others can provide for us is prayer.  They can pray that God helps us and that God comes to our aid. It is in this helplessness this desperation and solitude that God can work to expose areas that hinder our relationship with him.  The following quote says it beautifully:

In silence we put ourselves in touch with God and also with our deeper selves.  Thoughts long buried come to the surface.  Long-repressed feelings bubble up. Silence exposes certain issues in our lives, and almost without effort, what is most important comes to the forefront. Now we can place that “most important issue” before God as we pray.

Emilie Griffin

God loves us and because he loves us he wants no hinderances in our relationship with him.  We need to come to him and say:

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

Thank you Christine for sharing this quote. 
It has been a subject I have been pondering lately.

Now, go check out what others said about this quote that Christine chose at Fruit in Season.

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Posted June 19, 2007 by Lana G! in God, In Other Words, Jesus, Life, Quotes, Reading, Solitude