A Lonely Place

((photo m.newsom photography))

"Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our lives are in danger. Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure. Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our actions quickly become empty gestures. The careful balance between silence and words, withdrawal and involvement, distance and closeness, solitude and community forms the basis of the Christian life and should therefore be the subject of our most personal attention... 

Mark 1:35: "In the morning, long before dawn, [Jesus] got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there." ...

The more I read this nearly silent sentence locked in between the loud words of action, the more I have the sense that the secret of Jesus' ministry is hidden in the lonely place where he went to pray, early in the morning, long before dawn. 

In the lonely place, Jesus finds the courage to follow God's will and not his own; to speak God's words and not his own; to do God's work and not his own. He reminds us constantly: "By myself I can do nothing...I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me" (Jn 5:20). And again, "What I say to you I do not speak of my own accord: it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his works" (Jn 14:10). It is in the lonely place, where Jesus enters into intimacy with the Father, that his ministry is born."


Surprised by Stitch Fix

Athens Floral Print Henley Top by Fun2Fun
Bellatrix Embroidered Detail Dress by Ark n Co
Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean by Kut From the Kloth
Cosco Floral Print Crochet Detail Tank by Collective Concepts
Sansa Lace Detail Kimono by Ark n Co

This rarely ever happens, but due to busy summer of youth group activities and travels, I was surprised by a stitch fix box at my door!! I forgot that I had one scheduled -- I didn't even make any requests and they sent me some great stuff (I really feel like they know me!).  You can guess, it was a much welcomed surprise.

But some help please! Shop with me like my mom would have me do -- make three piles: Definite, Maybe, and No Thank you.  What goes in what pile?