Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Thoughts on Solitude

In the midst of the frantic daily pace of America, I have really enjoyed reading The Way of the Heart by Henry Nouwen again. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily activities of life only to wake up years later and wonder where your life went. One of the things that spoke loudly to me as I read through this book again was the call for solitude in our life. Nouwen says,

"...solitude molds self-righteous people into gentle, caring, forgiving persons who are so deeply convinced of their own great sinfulness and so fully aware of God's even greater mercy that their life itself becomes ministry. In such a ministry there is hardly any difference left between doing and being. When we are filled with God's merciful presence, we can do nothing other than minister because our whole being witnesses to the light that has come into the darkness." (p. 22)