"“Where shall the word be found, where will the word resound? Not here, there is not enough silence.”
Congregational Application of the Practice
Solitude can feel unnatural in our distracted and hurried world. When coupled with reflection, it can be a doorway to a deeper awareness of the presence of God. We invite you to take thirty minutes this week for solitude and reflection. Leave your phone in another room. Don't listen to a podcast. Be still and pay attention. What comes to the surface? What doorways to intimacy with the living God present themselves?
Framed around the nighttime prayer of Compline, Tish Harrison Warren, author of Liturgy of the Ordinary, explores themes of human vulnerability, suffering, and God's seeming absence. When she navigated a time of doubt and loss, the prayer was grounding for her. It's a great resource for those practicing silence and solitude in the midst of suffering.