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Solitude

Monday, August 4, 2014

Saint John Vianney, priest - Memorial

“When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.” (Matthew 4:13-14)


Jesus wanted to be alone. He wanted solitude to think, to pray and not have to talk to anyone. Have you ever gone through times like this? I have. I want to think — or rather not think — and just be alone. I do not want to be asked questions like, “Mom, what are we having for supper?” Or, “Will you have that report on my desk tomorrow?” I tend to want to close up and shut people out just to have solitude. However, I usually am not alone whether at home, at work or even in my garden. It is then that I realize how much more I need fellowship and time with others. I get recharged after a time of fellowship in church, or lunch with the friends, or helping others when they need a hand or even listening to my toddler neighbor jabber on while I pick weeds in my garden. Apparently, Jesus felt the same way. He wanted to get away and be alone, yet soon he realized how much others needed Him so he helped them.
Jesus maybe even realiz
ed how much He needed them. So the next time you find yourself feeling that you cannot tolerate one more person asking something of you, just smile and listen. You just may find that they offered you more than you gave them.


Dear Lord,

help us to be willing and cheerful servants for You.

Remind us how important fellowship is needed in our walk of faith.

Thank You for all of the love that You show us.

In Jesus’ Name.

Amen.


Linda Linge, RN
Avera Dells Area Hospital,

Jeremiah 28:1-17 ● Psalm 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102 ● Matthew 14:13-21 or Matthew 9:35--10:1

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