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Discipline of Solitude


Written by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996), a Dutch priest, professor, writer, and theologian. This is an excerpt from his book “Making All Things New.”

Simplicity and regularity are the best guides in finding our way. They allow us to make the discipline of solitude as much a part of our daily lives as eating and sleeping. When that happens, our noisy worries will slowly lose their power over us and the renewing activity of God’s Spirit will slowly make its presence known. Although the discipline of solitude asks us to set aside time and space, what finally matters is that our hearts become like quiet cells where God can dwell, wherever we go, and whatever we do.


Written by John Baillie (1886-1960) was a Scottish theologian and a Church of Scotland minister.

Show your loving kindness tonight, O Lord, to all who stand in need of your help. Be with the weak to make them strong and with the strong to make them gentle. Cheer the lonely with your company and the distracted with your solitude. Prosper your church in the fulfilment of her mighty task, and grant your blessing to all who have toiled today in Christ’s name. Amen.

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