Monday, August 16, 2010
Solitude with God throughout the Ages
“Guard you heart for it is the wellspring of your life.” Prov. 4:23
New Testament Age:
“Pay attention to what you hear (be careful of what you hear), the measure of what you give is the measure of what you get.” Mark 4:24
Completed Testament Age:
“For a person to polish his heart to the point that it becomes as clear as crystal, he absolutely must spend time in direct conversation with his heart. It will be a time of intense loneliness, but the moment that we become close to our hearts is the time of prayer and meditation. It is a time when we can take ownership over our hearts. When we isolate ourselves from the noise around us and allow our thoughts to settle, we can see into the deepest parts of our hearts. It will take a lot of time and effort to go all the way down to where the heart has settled. I will not happen in a day.”
~ From As A Peace-Loving Citizen – Biography of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Mankind has always been seeking a closer relationship with its Creator. In the olden days, very few people could read and the bible wasn’t translated until the 15th century. Studying the word is only one way to get closer to God. Religious people have always found a way to retreat into solitude to pray and meditate.
"Men and women begin to become great when they begin to take time quietly by themselves, when they begin to practice solitude."
~ Catherine Ponder, Author and Minister of the Unity Church ~
"We hear voices in solitude, we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive counsels and comforts, we get under no other condition."
~ Amelia E. Barr, British American Novelist ~
With all of the modern devices and electronics it seems to get harder to find quietness. None-the-less, this quiet time can also be good to reduce stress and promote health. It seems like a double winner!