Go Away

Solitude can be difficult to find, whether we are around people or lost in loneliness.  Solitude is a stance more than a situation–it is a way of being alone before God, unarmed with all of our protections.  Being alone is only the easiest way to get to this stance, but it is not the stance itself.

Today, seek solitude.  This could be best achieved by finding some space and time away from others so that you can focus on being alone before God.  But if you cannot go away, go away in yourself.  Place yourself in a posture of solitude in which all that matters is your presence naked before God.

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.

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    Go away. Yes.
    And then we have to come back. That’s where our life in the living Messiah to live out.