Quiet Days, Sanctuary Days & People at Rest Gatherings
It is a difficult lesson to learn today -
to leave one’s friends and family
and deliberately practice the art of solitude
for an hour or a day or a week.
And yet, once it is done,
I find there is a quality to being alone
that is incredibly precious.
Life rushes back into the void,
richer, more vivid, fuller than before.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
These respites offer an opportunity to come away with God for a sabbath rest. Jesus often “went away to a solitary place to pray” (Mark 1:35). In the same way, God longs for us to take time away to be alone….to rest, pray and listen. This time of prayer is powerful and personal. God comes to each person in very specific and unique ways. This is not a time of teaching or study; rather, it is a time to immerse one’s self in the loving presence of God. When we say “yes” to God’s invitation to come away, we open ourselves up to receive all that God longs to give and to deepen one’s connection with Jesus.