24 January 2014

garden of solitude

Solitude is the garden for our hearts, which yearn for love. It is the place where our aloneness can bear fruit. It is the home for our restless bodies and anxious minds. Solitude, whether it is connected with a physical space or not, is essential for our spiritual lives. It is not an easy place to be, since we are so insecure and fearful that we are easily distracted by whatever promises immediate satisfaction. Solitude is not immediately satisfying, because in solitude we meet our demons, our addictions, our feelings of lust and anger, and our immense need for recognition and approval. But if we do not run away, we will meet there also the One who says, "Do not be afraid. I am with you, and I will guide you through the valley of darkness."
Henri Nouwen

I come to the garden alone 
While the dew is still on the roses 
And the voice I hear falling on my ear 
The Son of God discloses. 
And He walks with me, and He talks with me, 
And He tells me I am His own; 
And the joy we share as we tarry there, 
None other has ever known. 
He speaks, and the sound of His voice, 
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing, 
And the melody that He gave to me 
Within my heart is ringing. 
C. Austin Miles
still and quiet with Sandy


Sandra Heska Kingn said...

Ahhh, Henri. He's inspiring us both this week.

Anonymous said...

Solitude is the garden
for our hearts, which
yearn for love.


Lyli @3-D Lessons for Life said...

This is lovely! The Lord has been wooing me to the garden all day, and now I read this post. Time to turn off the computer.

Jody Lee Collins said...

Ohhhh, I love that hymn. And I do love the garden. beautiful words.

caryjo said...

Solitude is very important... and sometimes hard to "jump" into. And that hymn re: The Garden is a real treat, too.

Ya dun good, as usual, Karin. [Sorry you're so cold, too. -- our city was listed as #5 in terms of the cold. Oh, well...]

Cherry said...

The quote from Henri Nouwen is so good - thanks for sharing it. Love the reminders for solitude - so very essential. And thanks for your visit to Pursuing Heart!

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