Monday, November 10, 2008

Being Alone

There are times in our lives when we feel alone. This often happens around this time of year, as the days grow shorter and colder, and we begin to feel pressure to "be the holidays" for everyone in our lives. It can happen as we grow older and people in our lives change, move, or pass away.

I'm convinced that sometimes, Our Lord calls us to be alone. Sometimes He may take the people in our lives away from us, or take us away from them, for a time, to draw our attention to Him. He may rearrange our lives for us when we resist doing it ourselves.

There is nothing to fear from being alone; alone with our God and Creator.

Cultivate that aloneness. It is prayer. It is communion with Our Lord.Photobucket

Light a candle. Light several candles. Use incense and music.

If you do not have access to meditative music, one resource is Pandora Radio. It is free radio where you can program your own musical tastes. Once you get an account, type in something like "Gregorian Chant" and enjoy being transported to another world.

Ask Our Lord to be with you in this season of increasing worldly darkness and surround you with His light.

6 comments:

Marilena said...

i like having alone time with God. it makes you truly appreciate His awesomeness. you can really think clearly on spiritual matters and prayer when you have alone time with Him. while this time of year does not effect me like it does others, it does not mean we cannot pray for those who are affected. :)

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Thanks, Marilena.

Marilena said...

wow,, your doll looks great!

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Thanks! I got a haircut in real life, so I thought I'd update it.

TACParent said...

It has grown common place in this world to always be busy and around a lot of people. Sometimes it is nice to be alone and quiet with some time to reflect. However, I will say sometimes when we are going through difficult times it hurts to be alone (even when we know God is present). It's nothing like a nice warm hug from a supporter. And when we can't "reach" with our arms ... we can send love through thoughts, prayers, and messages.

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Very true. I think that sometimes when we find ourselves alone, even if we don't initially like it, we can try to find God's presence there, which can help.

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