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Meditation — January 9, 2018

Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Scripture: And Jesus said to them, “Come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest a while;” for there were so many coming and going that there was no time for them even to eat. So they went off in the boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. Mark 6:31-32

Prayer: I have returned to my lonely place with my dog, reaching it yesterday in the late afternoon, driving the last two miles on a road that was hardly plowed. This morning I reached the beach on a solitary icy street, certain that I would test my soaring ability on the ice. So here I now sit watching the sea gulls walking on water—actually ice. All about me is quiet and seems deserted.

Response: So you are by yourself; but perhaps not, since you have the scripture before you. Do you hear, in the deepest regions of the person you are, Jesus’ words, “Come away to some lonely place all by yourself and rest a while”?

Yes, it is a lonely place, but doesn’t it serve to rekindle in you the love and fellowship you experience and the listening that it prompts in your prayer? When have you experienced such warmth, both alone in prayer, and in the company of a loved one? Do you think it possible that there is still something for you to learn at your advanced age?

Take these isolated moments, plucked from the normal rush of business, to listen without an agenda—just listen, and see what is revealed to you that is especially applicable to who you are coming in the Lord’s grace.

All for this morning.

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