Saturday, August 13, 2005

SOLITUDE & SPIRITUALITY

I am not sure who stated it, but I agree with it: “Spirituality is what one does with one’s solitude.”

Apart from the crowd, peers, assembly, spotlight
Apart from family, siblings, spouse
Apart from church and program
When action is ceased
When one is alone
What are we?
Who am I?

To whom do I listen?
To what do I give my attention?
What occupies my consciousness?
Where do I turn?

Out of aloneness
Out of solitude
Emerges the shaping of the soul
Which either breathes energy and shalom,
Community formation and kinship,
Or barriers of fear, doubt, and suspicion.

O, to be nurtured in the stillness of solitude
By love divine itself
Here, shape my soul
And fill it
With creative redemption.

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