Daily Meditation: January 22, 2014

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Community Supported by Solitude

Solitude greeting solitude, that’s what community is all about. Community is not the place where we are no longer alone but the place where we respect, protect, and reverently greet one another’s aloneness. When we allow our aloneness to lead us into solitude, our solitude will enable us to rejoice in the solitude of others. Our solitude roots us in our own hearts. Instead of making us yearn for company that will offer us immediate satisfaction, solitude makes us claim our center and empowers us to call others to claim theirs. Our various solitudes are like strong, straight pillars that hold up the roof of our communal house. Thus, solitude always strengthens community.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen , © 1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc. Photo by V. Dobson.

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3 Responses to Daily Meditation: January 22, 2014

  1. Arlene Sande says:

    Thank you for your words on solitude. I am alone and feeling lonely. This helps me shift into a positve frame of solitude.
    Thank you.

  2. Ron Brunelle says:

    Love this

  3. Kristen Miller says:

    As always helpful insights to relationship. Most often this solitude quiets my own confusion and brings me to Jesus. Thank you again for these meditations.

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