In solitude we voluntarily abstain from our normal patterns of activity and interaction with people for a time in order to discover that our strength and well-being come from God alone.
The haunting words "in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place" describe a pattern of life more than a single event (Mark 1:35). Jesus needed frequent retreat and solitude to do his work. Yet we somehow think we can do without what he deemed essential.
"Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home" Richard Foster
For 24 hours this past holiday weekend I was able to get away to "Shepherd's Rest", a home out in the country east of Wichita set aside for use for solitude and spiritual renewal by Friends pastors. I find Foster's words challenging and a great reminder.