Solitude is pretty important. During the last few days as I've been weeding regularly, it has given me thinking time. I have also been trying to get myself to have more of my late night time be less filled with television or the internet and more filled with time to think or read my Bible before going to bed. That doesn't happen every night, but I'm making it a more regular thing now.
Jesus went out on His own regularly. He spent full nights praying in solitary places or would get up early to go be alone. I wonder if we should get better at the Sabbath, or Sunday Observance if you prefer to call it that, having solitude as part of it.
My church used to have 3 service venues...one with rock and roll, one with a mixture of modern and traditional things, and one in the evening that was more quiet. The music was modern but acoustic and we included time in the service to connect with each other and talk about life or the sermon. The service that impacted me the most wasn't the rock n roll service, even though I enjoyed the roll of the lighting guy and doing fun things with moving lights. The service that impacted me the most was the evening service where I could connect with people better. I have a hard time mingling and so the organized opportunities to connect helped me a lot.
In this modern, western culture we tend to put a high value on a high speed of life. I wonder if this is really working out for us as well as we think it is. Time will tell. Maybe one day we'll look back at all this and feel like idiots for not doing more with solitude and connection.
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